A Taste of Honduras
Oct 22, 2013
Honduras has a lot going for it… it shares it’s shoreline with the crystalline Caribbean Sea, it’s got deep-rooted history and culture and the real estate is incredibly affordable. Specifically on the mainland. But you don’t often hear about the culinary offerings this country offers its residents, or even the rest of the world.
It’s not necessarily because the food isn’t tasty and flavorful in this beautiful country, quite the contrary! But if your entire objective of moving to Honduras is for the food, you might be disappointed… it really just comes down to your tastes and flexibility in adapting to what’s available.
Even the biggest advocates of this Caribbean country will agree that ‘fine dining’ is not Honduras’ forte. A prime example of this is what you might be served in an upscale restaurant: a piece of meat, some cooked veggies and mashed potatoes. Certainly not the worst you could do, but if you’re North American or European and understand the menu item to be ‘international cuisine’, you expect something else. Especially since these types of choices are bland and uninspired. Thankfully, once you’ve learned what not to order, the cuisine in Honduras is quite delicious!
Culinary Inspirations & Staples
The food in Honduras is just as diverse as the country’s history and culture. With mixes of Spanish, African and indigenous cuisine, you’re bound to find some pleasant and palatable surprises. Although traditionally the various regions of Honduras were more partial to certain ingredients – corn in the highlands and seafood and coconut along the coast – these days its possible to find whatever you’re looking for anywhere. And that includes the beautiful town of Trujillo, where Caribbean Lots is located.
Despite having an incredibly diverse selection of meal options, the ‘unofficial’ national dish is called plato tipico, or ‘typical dish’. But, if you’re from North America, this dish is far from ‘typical’, and a real treat for those looking to experience authentic Honduran food. Always affordable, Hondurans will usually eat this dish as their lunch, as it’s quite filling, and stick with a lighter dinner. The plato tipico always consists of a type of meat (or fish), rice, beans, cheese, plantains and sometimes a salad, eggs or avocado. It’s especially delicious when paired with (usually homemade) hot sauce, a table staple in Honduras.
Naturally, you can’t visit Honduras without seeing, smelling and tasting the abundance of fresh fruit available in every town and along the roadways. If you’re looking for a uniquely Honduran fruit treat, try the mango verde or mango tierno (baby green mango). These are in abundance in the spring and are prepared a number of delicious ways… most popular being with a sweet hot sauce or with lime, cumin, pepper and salt.
Now, we’ve highlighted the brand new Banana Coast Cruise Ship Terminal (go HERE to read more) in several articles… just a slight tip-off to one of this country’s biggest exports! Although bananas are still exported (mainly to North America), the big corporations are no longer in charge and running the country… good news for Honduras. In addition to bananas, pineapple is another important export, with coconut oil being a bit lower on the list, but still prevalent. That being said, coconut, as a food, is a predominant part of Honduran cuisine - from savory to sweet dishes, it’s rumored that Honduras actually uses coconut more often then any of its Central American neighbors. If you’re looking to experience a truly (coastal) Honduran meal, the town of Trujillo will not disappoint… try the sopa de caracol, or conch soup - a fresh seafood soup that’s thickened with coconut milk and filled with plantains, yuca, other local veggies, and spices.
Honduras’ mainland may not be an area of the world that comes to mind when you’re considering a vacation or living destination, but we’re here to help change that mentality! Part of the problem is that it’s so often overshadowed by its neighbors or the (more expensive) Bay Islands. Not only is the new cruise ship terminal in Trujillo starting to garner more attention to this area, but also Caribbean Lots (who have been in Trujillo for the past 6 years) have been making a positive name for themselves and laying down roots within the community. Their properties consist of mountain views, ocean views and even beachfront! So what are you waiting for? Prices this low (from $50,000 - $80,000) can’t possibly last with so much positive development happening… discover Trujillo for yourself now!