The Fabulous Food of Belize
Whether it’s the fantastic weather, gorgeous nature, or simply the relaxed, laid-back pace of life, it’s no wonder that so many people are choosing to retire in Belize. But one of the lesser-known secrets about Belize is that the country has some of the freshest and most interesting cuisines available anywhere.
Even simple meals seem to taste better in Belize thanks to an abundance of locally grown organic food that local chefs used to create a wide array of sumptuous dishes. Belize has an ideal climate and very fertile soil that produces a variety of succulent fruits and delicious vegetables.
Thanks to its unique history and harmonious blending of cultures, Belizean cuisine has developed its own special style. Influences from the Maya, Mexico, Britain, and the Caribbean all add their own signature flavors and ingredients to produce delicious wholesome food that truly satisfies. Add in an abundance of fresh-caught seafood and it’s easy to see why Belizean food is so popular with retirees and expats.
Here are just a few of the dishes that you can look forward to eating when you live in Belize:
Rice and Beans
It may sound simple, but few dishes satisfy your soul while dazzling your tastebuds like the staple rice and beans dishes served across the country. Usually, rice and beans is flavored with meat, often beef, chicken, pork, or lobster, but also occasionally with game meat like the gibnut (a large rodent) to add complex favor. Meat in Belize is often cooked with local herbs like recado as well as coconut milk to further deepen the flavor profile of this staple meal.
Yes, fruit cake is a popular staple for the holidays, but this dessert is one of the most popular desserts in the country. Starting with a classic European recipe, Belizean fruit cake then becomes sublime thanks to a generous addition of locally made rum.
Cashews grow in abundance in Belize, but it’s not the nut of the cashew that’s used to make wine but the fruit of the tree. With a mild taste, cashew wine has an alluring finish that pairs very well with local meals.
Based on one of the classics of South American cuisine, ceviche in Belize has a uniquely Caribbean twist. Locally fished conch or shrimp is lightly marinated in lime juice before being diced and mixed with hot peppers, onion, tomatoes, and cucumber and then refrigerated to achieve a delicious dish ideal for lunch on a hot day.
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