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Some of the world's most beautiful islands serve up delicious, authentic cuisine that reflects their cultural influences.
With their long and varied history as colonial outposts and shipping-route stopovers, islands have evolved over the centuries into richly diverse cultural melting pots. Each offers an array of experiences that reflect its particular influences, like holiday celebrations, music, art, and architecture. But the most accessible—and delicious—way to explore an island’s cultural history is by enjoying its unique cuisine. Here are a few islands whose distinctive dishes whet both cultural and gastronomic appetites.
Set more than 1,000 miles off Africa’s southeastern coast, this island was occupied by French and British colonists before declaring its independence—and has since drawn a sizable population of transplants from central and southern Asia (particularly India and China). While some culinary traditions from these separate regions have remained distinct on the island, others have melded to form a unique Mauritanian creole. A few dishes that exemplify this are:
With nearly 100 different nationalities living on this tiny island gem in the southern Caribbean, Aruban cuminda dushi (tasty food) is a zesty international mélange of native Caribbean favorites, South American flavors, and European flair. Because Aruba’s colonial roots are in the Kingdom of the Netherlands, you’ll find plenty of Dutch treats—but you can also discover some surprising delights, like delicious authentic Indonesian food. Among Aruba’s delectable signature dishes are:
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Unlike other parts of Greece, Corfu (along with neighboring Ionian islands) was never part of the Ottoman Empire. Rather, it was occupied by Venetians for centuries before becoming a British protectorate and providing refuge to other European forces during the two World Wars. These various populations left their distinct mark on the island’s cuisine, as in these typical Corfiot preparations:
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