Although Belizean food is little known outside the country, it is a delicious fusion of different culinary heritages.
Belize is a true melting pot society, combining Caribbean, Mexican, British, Maya, and African influences to create savory dishes and scrumptious desserts. Whether it is exotic treats like seaweed shakes or more standard regional fare like stew chicken served with rice and beans, Belizean food is renowned for its rustic charm and wholesome ingredients.
Belize is perhaps best known for its delicious assortment of seafood. Every day, local fishermen bring in hauls of grouper, mahimahi, and swordfish along with lobster and conch in season. Belize is also renowned for its fresh local produce, including citrus fruits (oranges, lemons, limes, etc.), coconuts, bananas (several varieties), mangos, papayas, cacao (the main ingredient in chocolate), pineapple, and cashews.
Each culture in Belize has contributed to the country's gastronomic heritage. The Garifuna (an Afro-Caribbean people) enjoy classic dishes like cassava bread and hudut (a fish stew cooked in coconuts with plantains). The descendants of the ancient Maya enjoy millennia-old recipes like cochinita pibil, a slow-roasted pork dish served with corn. Other treats include hot cross buns, tamales, and johnny cakes (a kind of unsweetened pastry).
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