The vast maritime extension makes fish a prominent element in the kitchen of Sao Tome and Principe. The fish is always fresh and tasty. It is a prime location for lovers of seafood such as lobster, spider crab, conch, octopus, cuttlefish, among others.
The fertility of Sao Tome land offers vegetables and fruits in abundance, which are present in many dishes. Bananas are a popular fruit in the area and are prepared in various ways: boiled, fried or roasted.
The Calulu is a traditional dish that resembles soup with dried fish or meat, served with mashed banana or boiled rice.
The gastronomy of Portugal and Cape Verde had a lot of influence in Sao Tome’s cuisine: rich, diverse and with high nutritional value deriving from animal and vegetal protein.