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Romantic Delicacy in Tahiti

俞祎君 Aggi Yu 2017-05-03 14:41

Tahiti is the largest island in French Polynesia, a group of 118 islands that are home to a large number of ethnic groups, their languages, and food. Each island is surrounded by beautiful sea and the people have island life in their souls, with the inner peace and joy that brings. Gauguin came to Tahiti to paint the local people, but what are today’s visitors looking for? 


In the glorious sun of the French Polynesian islands farmers are able to grow a variety of fruits and vegetables, including the wonderfully fragrant vanilla. Natural food to meet people's appetites, which at the same time also has the advantage of being nutrient-rich. 


Tropical fruits are indispensable elements of the local diet; it’s not unusual to see plentiful papaya, mango, pineapple, watermelon, and grapefruit. In addition, Tahitian vanilla pods are celebrated, and as early as hundreds of years before Columbus “discovered” the New World, the Totonac Indians of Central America began to grow herbs and spices. It was not until 1848 that a French general introduced the now ubiquitous plant originating in Mexico to Tahiti. 

The harvest of ripe vanilla is held every year from March to August. In the month of August, there is a festival devoted to vanilla: Tahitian vanilla week, which is held every year from June 11th to 15th. Come to find Tahitian herbs and their products, learn about vanilla production, processing, and transformation of the law. In Tahiti there is "vanilla island", called the island of Taha'a. Taha'a is like a huge garden, flowers and mysterious and away from the hustle and bustle, where you can closely observe the garden in the ocean - the lush coral ocean floor.


The crystal clear waters are a rich breeding ground for many fish varieties, including bass and loach, and has become an essential part of classic Polynesian cuisine. It’ll be a shame to come all this way and not try the famous local dish Poissn Cru. This is a lime coconut salad, with the freshest fish, coconut milk, lime, onions, cucumbers and tomatoes. 

Indigenous people as well as French and Asian influence mainly affect Polynesian food culture. All the food is very delicate. Pabitti's central square, by the row of containers from the transformation of the roadside stalls food base, where you can taste the exotic food of different colours. Outside of Tahiti, you’ll most likely find yourself dining in a resort’s restaurants. A chef's cooking techniques in French cuisine combine the freshness of fresh seafood and Tahiti's indigenous cuisine to create a new fusion of dishes. 


On the French Polynesian islands, the abundant sun and superior climatic conditions allow the plants here to flourish. When you are here, it truly feels the "Garden of Eden" - fine sandy beaches, little palm trees, facing the blue waters… The fruits and vegetables, vanilla, and fresh fish of Tahitian cuisine taste are a really unique experience. The integration of multiple ethnic groups, language and food culture is unlike anything else in the world; it is well worth a visit to experience a little slice of utopia.

About The Fusion of World Food Culture 

Polynesian food culture is mainly affected by indigenous, French and Asian influence. In the island outside the Tahiti, a small island is a resort. The chef's cooking techniques in French cuisine combine the freshness of fresh seafood and Tahiti's indigenous cuisine to create a new fusion of dishes. 

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