A rich, volcanic terrain ensures that tropical fruits exist in abundance. Our climate and topography are perfect for growing a wide variety of fruits which are then used in cottage industries, the manufacturing and processing industries and crucial tourism sector. Throughout the Island Neighbours, these fruits are used in one way or another to allay medical conditions, quench thirst with flavoured tropical concoctions, or accent tropical feasts.
Dominica, which is appropriately nicknamed, “the nature isle”, is sometimes called the “breadbasket of the Caribbean.” This name was bestowed because of the presence of a variety of tropical fruits. These include carambola, tangerine, papaya and barbadine.
The French isles, Martinique and Guadeloupe, have an abundance of tropical fruits which can be found in the markets or by the roadside. Some of these include sugar apples, a variety of bananas, plums and mangoes. All the islands import other fruits which may not be found locally. What is your favourite fruit? Tell us on our facebook page: Island Neighbours.
What’s happening in your neck of the woods? Over in Dominica, September has been named “Buy Dominica Month” – an initiative so dubbed to encourage the purchase of local products and to solidify the rise of new entrepreneurs. Still the Dominica, experience the energy which accompanies live arts performances at the Arawak House of Culture on October 7th and 8th 2016, back by popular demand the Sankofa Performing Arts Theatre presents Sankofa – A Journey Back. This performance is expected to showcase the Arts Industry in Dominica and costs only $10EC.
French cuisine undoubtedly seduces even the self-proclaimed anorexic. While we encourage feasting on the best of the French isles, we invite you to take some time and enjoy the tropical fruity delicacies at the Big Market (Spice Market) in Fort de France (Martinique).Le Marché du Levant in Saint Francois has existed for over ten years and is well stocked with fruits and vegetables native to Guadeloupe. You can pick some other products too. They’re open from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Monday to Thursday. On Fridays and Saturdays, opening hours are adjusted from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.. This establishment is also popularly known for supporting the “green movement”. If you are shopping carry your baskets or grocery bags.
Let’s Go Shopping!
Calling all shopaholics! We take this opportunity to recognize your contribution to the economy, and we welcome you to our neighbourly shopping guide. This is where we guide and influence your exquisite taste in the natural and synthetic world. Let’s take a trip to The Desiderata Duty-Free Boutique in Dominica. In there, you may explore our elegant taste in women’s apparel. Buy that special dress or that unique present for someone special. Perform these activities in a spacious setting which is equipped with a Gourmet Café.
Historical note! The green fig and saltfish, Saint Lucia’s local dish is also a traditional meal in Guadeloupe (poyo et morue). Get to know your neighbours!
A bit of the French for the Visitor
Légumes /Fruits/ des Repas : Vegetables, fruits,meals
Green bananas and Salt fish
Ti nain/Poyo et morue
Spicy Fish Broth
La pomme de terre