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Among the traditional cuisine, for the first dish you can choose from a wide variety of vegetable soups, watercress is a particular favourite, accompanied by gofio (roasted maize meal) and goat cheese. This dish has become a basic element of Gomeran cuisine.
It is well known that gofio is one of the staples of Canarian cuisine, so it is not surprising that in Valle Gran Rey it is found on every table. It is used in a number of typical dishes, such as kneaded or boiled gofio,often served as a side to the entrees, or for more innovative uses in desserts such as gofio mousses, nougats or even ice cream.
Gomeran cheese, generally made from raw goat milk, is highly valued for its excellent quality. It is so sought after that it is difficult to find it for sale during certain times of the year. We also have to mention another typically Gomeran product made from cheese: almogrote, a kind of pâté, based on aged goat cheesethat is served as an appetizer, as a side dish to main courses or as the primary ingredient in sauces.
Because Valle Gran Rey has a notable marine culture, it is not surprising that seafood is part of its cuisine. In many restaurants you can try a variety of delicious recipes based on fish such as marinated cabrillas, grilled sea bream or tuna boiled in mojo. There are also many meat dishes served in various ways, especially pork. And to accompany any dish, whether meat or fish, potatoes and mojos, in all different varieties and styles.
In the middle altitudes of the municipality there is a significant amount of wine production using traditional methods and quality grapes, mostly ‘Forastera blanca’, that result in magnificent wines. La Gomera has traditionally produced young white wines, but over the past few years reds of excellent quality are also being produced. The reds and whites of the island are smooth, aromatic and balanced.
Finally, if there is a flagship product based on the Gomeran creativity and the extraordinary cultural richness of the island, it is palm honey, which is obtained from the sap of the Canarian palm tree, known locally as guarapo. The honey is obtained through a very careful process and used to elaborate liquors (the well-known gomerón) and in the famous Gomeran pastries, such as sweet biscuits and the traditional roasted milk.