Considering St. Croix’s long history and ripe landscape, Crucian cuisine has many cultural and flavor influences.
St. Croix has so many local ingredients to work with — from fresh-caught seafood, like lobster, mahi and wahoo, to locally-raised meat, like Senepol beef and goat, to tropical fruits, like avocado, bananas, mango, papaya, pineapple, guava and soursop, to beautiful vegetables, like tomatoes, cucumbers, spinach, and squash. And then there are the seasonings that bring everything to life — coriander, cumin, oregano, cinnamon, cardamon, nutmeg, pepper, paprika and more!
Whether we’re ordering from a stand at a festival or sitting down to be served, we love our local food. And we enjoy encouraging visitors to St. Croix to try the tasty local cuisine.
Crucian Cuisine: Food Terms
Here are a few island favorites that you really should try!
- Pate — fried dough filled with seafood, chicken, beef, or veggies
- Fungi — boiled cornmeal and okra (this description simply can’t do the incredible taste justice!)
- Kallalloo — leafy greens, like spinach, yummy okra, seafood and meat stew served over a ball of fungi
- Johnny cake — kind of sweet fried bread
- Conch — you’ll find this in the form of fritters, ceviche, stew, pate and in butter sauce
- Roti — curried potato, chickpeas, veggies and meat wrapped in an Indian flatbread
- Saltfish — preserved cod
VI Food Tours
If you’re not sure where to go, we highly recommend Virgin Islands Food Tours for anyone who wants an introduction to Crucian Cuisine. You’ll learn about some best kept secrets in the Christiansted local food scene, and get a little St. Croix history along the way. A VI Food Tour for two is included in our 30th anniversary St. Croix vacation giveaway!
Celebrating 30 Years
In celebration of Centerline’s 30th anniversary, we’re sharing 30 Things Centerline Loves About St. Croix. Each week we’ll share something new — and we hope you’ll chime in on social media by telling us what you love too! Our big 3-0 is in March 2020, when we’ll also be giving away a St. Croix vacation.