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ICT Will Strengthen Cultural Identity Through Typical Food and Native Plants

By Oliver Pérez

In a short time tourists and Nicoyanos will be able to enjoy a taste of minced flor de piñuela, flor de itabo and eggs or minced pipián, among other traditional dishes as the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT) launches its National Healthy and Sustainable Culinary Plan (Plan Nacional de Gastronomía Sostenible y Saludable). The goal is to broaden culinary knowledge through exotic combinations such as malanga chips, culantro coyote pesto, trout rolls served over hierba zorrillo, flor de itabo risotto and níspero cream.

Many of these dishes' ingredients may sound unfamiliar or uncommon; however, they might be growing at this very moment in your own backyard. They are all part of the country's rich biological diversity and soon they will be fully incorporated in Costa Rican cuisine.

This project is supported by the Cámara Costarricense de Restaurantes y Afines (CACORE), the Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad (INBio) and the Club de la Gastronomía Epicúrea.

The Minister of Tourism, Allan Flores, explained that this project will allow Costa Ricans to rescue their traditions through food.

Flor de Itabo

"Tourism is the best means to promote and attain sustainable development in a country, as well as human welfare and the promotion of opportunities for direct local participation. The World Tourism Day invites us to revisit our cultural roots and what better way than by strengthening our culinary identity", Flores said.

The plan seeks to include dishes made with native products, in addition to rescuing traditions and contributing to community development and environmental protection. Its promoters hope that people will gain a better understanding of each product and its potential applications in the creation of authentic and distinct dishes, thereby strengthening the country's travel destination brand by promoting its cuisine.

What Do People Think of This Approach?

Sisters Elizabeth and Xinia María Briceño Sánchez, are both cooks at the Soda Doña Chica in Nicoya, where they've worked for over 33 years serving their dishes to tourists and Nicoyanos on the southern side of the Tribunales de Justicia. They both seemed surprised with the new dishes that are being introduced.

"As we are used to the same things, I like the idea of making the most out of all the products that nature gives us. We will have to wait and see if people like it. It would certainly be interesting to learn more about these recipes", Elizabeth explained between laughs.

  Gabriela Díaz Diaz – Business manager, Nicoya
"I would really like to try out and cook these recipes. I think we waste many things that nature gives us".
  Xenia Chan – Businesswoman, Nicoya
"It seems like a good idea. I own a coffee shop and it would be nice to include this kind of food on the menu, even though it may sound a bit strange at first!"
  Sandra Hernández – Sales clerk
"Who knows what níspero cream will taste like? But, if their taste is good, we should take advantage of this and learn how to cook them."
  Alfonso Pérez Moraga – Farmer
"There are many fruits in nature that we can eat and that we should make the most of. I would like to taste the trout rolls served over hierba zorrillo in white wine sauce and zacate de limón".


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VON Survey Results

The Voice of Nosara would like to thank our readers who participated in our 2011 reader survey in May and June, and we are pleased to report some of the results from the survey. The survey was designed to identify reader demographics, reading habits, concerns and suggestions in order to improve VON's service to the community and to advertisers.


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