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St. Croix Food – Snacks and Local Treats from St. Croix

St. Croix food is a beautiful blend of rich culture and history from all over the place.  The snacks and local treats vary from roadside stands serving up grilled corn and fresh pressed sugar cane juice to heaps and piles of fresh coco’s that are decanted into gallon jugs, right in front of you.  The following are some of my favorite picks from the month, in no particular order.

This guy is called Soursop/Guanabana/Guyabana, among other names.Soursop Guanabana

St. Croix Soursop

4 lbs of the freshest soursop which can grow up to 15 lbs.

I’ve long enjoyed this fruit but right now, they seem to be hanging large, heavy and ripe on our friends trees.  They have a prickly {soft pricks} lime green exterior with creamy white flesh, embedded with seeds.  The custardy, creamy dreamy pulp that tastes of a cross between pineapple, citrus and banana is very unique.  My favorite way to enjoy it is by de-seeding and freezing for the most delectable smoothies.  When blended with ripe, spotty frozen banana, it ends up tasting like ice cream! The locals boast that it can cure cancer.

Hibiscus flowers.  No matter what the season, our flowers always seem to be in full bloom.  There is one particular hibiscus shrub just outside my window that always greets me a sunny good morning.

My favorite part is when the tea changes color from the citrus.

Peanut punch is a very popular drink here in St. Croix.

Peanut Punch

Recipe/image

It has a sweet, roasted, nutty flavor that reminds me of a delicious, creamy shake and is available by street vendors or local restaurants.

Saltfish Pate

Sunday pates have become somewhat of a tradition in our household.  After a long beach day out west, we love picking up these fried pockets filled with goodies from this non-descript spot off the side of the road.  Crucian pates are similar to an empanada in that it’s a fried pastry stuffed with everything from lobster to chicken.  My favorite is the salt fish which has been salted, dried then rehydrated with a melange of spices to be stuffed into the crispy, blistered dough.

 

One thought on “St. Croix Food – Snacks and Local Treats from St. Croix

  • brian says:

    peanut punch sounds interesting. thought it would be like fruit punch with nutter butter peanut butter cookies in it..until i looked at recipe. haha

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