Bermuda is a group of small islands nestled in clear turquoise waters. Its alluring pink beaches, lush flora, colorfully painted homes, British-style influence, and welcoming people make it a must-see destination. While Bermuda is usually famed for its dazzling beaches and spectacular attractions, the island also offers a cuisine that’s an attraction in itself.
Bermudian cuisine has influences of English and Portuguese cuisine with local seafood as the star. Though not many, there are dishes which give a taste of traditional local culture. Here is a list of food you must never miss on your trip to Bermuda.
- Fish Chowder – is the national dish and a staple in Bermudian homes and restaurants. This intensely spiced thick broth is a mix of fresh fish, ground fish heads, bacon, onions, and tomatoes served with sherry pepper and black rum.
- Conch Chowder – is a local favorite. It is a combination of mollusks, tomatoes, onions, celery, potato, bacon, and a variety of herbs and a dollop of cream.
- Codfish Breakfast – used to be a staple day-starter for locals. It’s a hefty serving of boiled codfish steamed in salt with onion and tomato sauce, boiled potatoes, hard-boiled egg and with slices of banana and avocado on the side.
- Spiny Lobster – is served September through March. It is boiled with melted butter then either baked in cheese sauce or sautéed in brandy served in cream sauce.
- Rum Cake – are distinctly Bermudian with its star ingredient, Gosling’s Black Seal Rum that’s also distinctly Bermudian. The best tasting is the Traditional Black Rum. Other flavors worth trying are Rum Swizzle, Rum and Ginger, Banana Rum, Coconut Rum Coffee, and Dark or Rich Chocolate Rum.
- Cassava Pie – is a semi-sweet meaty layered pie made of cassava, eggs, pork, chicken and brandy traditionally served during Christmas season.
- Bermuda Honey – is distinctly Bermudan and highly sought after because of its unique taste attributed to the variety of flowers only found in Bermuda.
If you are concerned about nutrition and healthy living or just looking for natural foods and health food products, Bermuda is your foodie paradise. This website has great healthy food tips. Encircled by deep-sea and shallow waters, Bermuda is a haven for fish and seafood lovers because of the tastiest and freshest catch. This is seen in codfish cake topped with fruit salsa and with mesclun salad siding, and shark hash served on toast. Dishes made of snapper, tuna, wahoo, mahi-mahi or rockfish are also popular and commonly served with wine or butter sauces that make the fillets delectable.
Bermuda is also teeming with natural food with a wide array of vegetables like cabbage, celery, cucumbers, French beans, green peas, carrots, parsnips, radishes, turnips, English onions, pumpkin, plantain, flax, capsicums and pepper. Bermuda also has an abundance of local fruits they widely use in fruit salads like loquats, strawberries, jumbo grapefruit, watermelon, papaya and Suriname cherries.