One of the most popular fruits on the island is Papaya. Papaya was called “Fruit of the Angels” by Christopher Columbus, and for good reason. Papaya is sweet and succulent, and offers numerous health benefits. Full of antioxidants, flavonoids, vitamins and minerals, this is one of the healthiest of nature’s fruit! In Seychelles, this fruit is used in chutneys, jams, in fruit salads, juice, cakes, curries and as a meat tenderiser. Find them fresh at the Victoria market or pick them straight from the tree and tuck in!
Have any of you heard of Toddy? Well, its a traditional drink in most tropical countries, and it is a MUST HAVE if you visit Seychelles!! It is made from the sap of various palm trees such as coconut palms. In Seychelles, there are 2 types that are commonly consumed: one is sweet and the other is sour. Both are alcoholic beverages.
Click on the image to see a video on Toddy Tapping.
Just a stone’s throw away from the Beau Vallon Beach on Mahe is the Boathouse – a restaurant with the best Creole food on the island! The owners have really done a great job at making you experience the best of Seychelles culture. No fancy dining here! Simple island style architecture, wooden tables and the basic fork and spoon.
The Boathouse is reknown for its Creole buffet, set on a real pirogue – fisherman’s boat. You pay a fixed fee, about €30 and eat all you want! There’s a huge selection including salads, curries, breadfruit, and even a live cooking station with a cook preparing grilled fish on charcoal, and grilled meat. There is also a lovely selection of local desserts, such as tropical fruits, coconut caramel and nougat.
In order to celebrate the Creole culture; have friends meet up together; and to give tourists the chance to experience local dishes, art and music; the Bazar Labrinn is organised twice a week.This event is held in a market-like manner in two locations on Mahe: the Beau-Vallon beach on Wednesdays and in Victoria town on Fridays.Once a month, this Bazar is also held in the South of Mahe: called Bazar Ovan. You get to taste various traditional dishes such as grilled fish, chicken curry with coconut, octopus curry, amongst others. Also taste the delicious snacks such as coconut nougat, banana chips, eggplant fritters, cassava chips, cassava cakes, etc. Also dance with the locals on the beach under the moonlight. Don’t forget to buy souvenirs too!!!