How the Canarian gastronomy can improve your wellbeing during your holiday


At MBestcare, we believe that a wellness holiday should not only be relaxing and rejuvenating, but also nourishing for both your body and mind, where the sense of taste plays its vital role as well.

That is why we offer a range of programs that not only focus on physical and mental wellbeing, but also encourage our guests to taste some of the local dishes and flavors, with one of the reasons that the locals are very proud of it and will gladly recommend the tastiest plates coming from the Canary soil, but most importantly, the dining-out experiences will also increase your wellness experience for the better, as you may experience nutriments you not have been aware of in the past.

While not all dishes offered in the Canary Islands are healthy, there are many others that may definitely be enriching for your wellbeing.

Local gastronomic authenticity plays a vital role for the sustainability of food production on the island, and the contribution to local farmers and people economic wellbeing. One of the reason MBestcare has the Biosphere accreditation is just for that reason - we recommend, and encourage you as our guest to try the local food, and often as we call it the slow food.

Between the north and the south of the island of Tenerife, there are quite a few differences as to when it comes to food culture (although similar), however if you are looking for seafood, perhaps the south of the island might interest you more (with some exceptions of very good restaurants in the north - such as in El Agua, or in the Bajamar areas).

Some inspirations influenced by its coastal location and culinary traditions. Here are some popular seafood dishes you might find in Tenerife

  • Ropa Vieja de Pescado - This traditional Tenerife dish translates to "Old Clothes" in English. It's a flavorful fish stew made with a variety of locally caught fish, such as grouper, sea bass, or parrotfish, cooked with potatoes, onions, peppers, tomatoes, and spices.
  • Papas Arrugadas with Mojo Pescado: Papas arrugadas are wrinkled potatoes boiled in saltwater, a staple in Canarian cuisine. Mojo pescado is a sauce made with fish (often salted cod or similar), olive oil, vinegar, garlic, and spices. It's typically served alongside the potatoes, adding a burst of flavor to the dish.
  • Caldereta de Pescado: This is a hearty fish stew similar to bouillabaisse, made with a variety of seafood such as fish, prawns, clams, and sometimes lobster or crab. The stew is flavored with tomatoes, onions, garlic, saffron, and other aromatic herbs and spices.
  • Cherne a la Plancha: Cherne, also known as wreckfish or Canary rockfish, is a popular local fish in Tenerife. It's often grilled or pan-seared and served with a simple garnish of olive oil, garlic, and parsley. The fish is known for its firm texture and mild flavor.
  • Ensalada de Pulpo: Octopus salad is a refreshing and light seafood dish commonly found in Tenerife. Tender octopus is typically cooked and marinated in olive oil, vinegar, garlic, and paprika, then served on a bed of fresh greens with tomatoes, onions, and olives.

These are just a few examples of the many delicious seafood dishes you can enjoy in Tenerife, and each dish reflects the island's culinary heritage and its abundance of fresh, locally sourced ingredients from the surrounding waters.

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