Puerto Rican cuisine is known for its variety of flavors, spices and food decorations. These food variations are influenced by the native Taino Indians, Spanish and African slaves. Thus, it affects Puerto Rican perspective about foods. Having a special blend of native ingredients, herbs and seasonings are the secrets of making the cuisine delicious and flavorful.
One of the most famous food in the island is Cocina Criolla (Creole Cooking). It had been said that the food was originated by Arawaks and Tainos people – ethnic indigenous habitants of Puerto Rico before Spanish rulers came into the island. As time passed by, foods in Puerto Rico were changed into a new sets of ingredient and style when Spanish government moved into the island. They bought pork, rice, wheat and olive oil and soon after they had adopted okra and taro. Until a Treaty of Paris in 1898 happened, people in Puerto Rico had received their freedom from Spanish rulers and became one of the territory of United States of America. With this, American people had influenced the way how Puerto Rican cook their food specifically on frying. In addition, American introduced a corn oil as an alternative for olive oil from Spain – since American informed the people in Puerto Rico that it was less expensive. To name few foods that the American bought in the islands were Casabe bread, and American bacon.
Puerto Rican culture and food is one of the richest in the world, both with respect to diversity and appealing tastes and textures; and in terms of fresh seafoods, vegetables, fruits and meats. Moreover, the island is also rich in spices like pimientos, sweet chili peppers and others. Even the famous traditional dishes such as Asopao, Chicken with Rice, Adobo and Sofrito uses superb spices which adds an interesting flavor to their cuisine.
A unique distinction of Puerto Rican food makes them set apart from the other Caribbean islands. If you are craving for delicious and nutritious cuisines, visiting Puerto Rico is one great place to spend your vacation with.