St. Lucia is a very lush Caribbean island abundantly blessed with a plethora of fruits and vegetables. They’re all just as delicious as they are nutritious. Generations of locals have grown up enjoying the ‘offerings of the land’ and it continues to this day. The island has produced a number of centenarians who attribute their longevity to hard work and a diet highly consistent of local, organic fruits and vegetables.
The BodyHoliday takes nutrition very seriously and this is evident in the meals we serve day after day. Our chefs visit the local farmer’s market weekly to get their pick of organic fruits and vegetables from vendors. Herbs and spices like celery, parsley, nutmeg and cinnamon exude a beautiful fragrance and are always a must on the list! These create the base and add flavour to some of the sumptuous dishes they create for our guests.
If you can’t get to it, let it come to you! Farmers journey from the countryside to The BodyHoliday daily, bringing with them fruits of their labour – banana, soursop, coconut, guava, papaya, mango, grapefruit, pineapple, passion fruit, tamarind, carambola, watermelon, yam, dasheen, okra, pumpkin and the list goes on. If you’ve stayed at The BodyHoliday, you’ve seen some of these anywhere from the breakfast buffet at Cariblue to the dinners at TAO and the Clubhouse.
With so much available at our disposal, it’s easy to see how we can come up with these culinary masterpieces. Our chefs have a passion for food and the island feeds that passion. You too can enjoy these tasty Caribbean fruits and vegetables, as many of them are available in well assorted supermarkets and specialty ethnic food shops around the world. Working with this variety of fruits and vegetables is so easy. Simply let the rich and distinct flavours inspire you – as our chefs say: ‘be guided by flavours’. Substitute them for key ingredients in your favourite dishes or experiment with them to concoct your own gastronomic work of art. You can also look out for great recipes using these and other ingredients on this blog.