ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

10 things to buy in a Tenerife or Canary Islands supermarket

Updated on January 7, 2013

Food and drink to buy in Tenerife

Most people do their shopping at supermarkets here in Tenerife in the Canary Islands and I am no exception to this. I have got used to the range of what is on offer here and in any case, I like to eat local and regional foods.

Some British people on the island insist on British foods and in the resorts down south the shops and restaurants cater for them but this is not the case in the parts where the majority of the people are Spanish.

I thought I would put together a list of ten items you might like to buy at a supermarket here.

Tenerife supermarkets

Hiperdino supermarket
Hiperdino supermarket
Doughnut peaches or Paraguayos
Doughnut peaches or Paraguayos
Papas arrugadas. Image by Fer on Flickr
Papas arrugadas. Image by Fer on Flickr
Gofio with milk by Pamela Heywood.
Gofio with milk by Pamela Heywood.

Shopping for food and drink in Tenerife

There are villages on Tenerife, such as Teno Alto, that are known for the cheeses they produce made from goat's milk. There are many types of goat's milk cheese on sale on the island including semi-cured and cured cheeses. Some of the cheeses are a mixture of goat's and sheep's milk.

All these cheeses are very tasty and are often served as "tapas" snacks or are used in salads or in cooked dishes. You can also buy yogurt made from the milk of goats in some supermarkets.

At the fruit and vegetable counter there is always a range of melons for sale and watermelons are grown here and a very popular fruit. I love to eat the juicy pink flesh.

Another fruit that gets sold a lot here and I often buy is the Chinese Flat Peach, Doughnut Peach, or "Paraguayos" as they are called here on Tenerife. These unusual-shaped peaches have a great flavour and are easy to eat.

Potatoes are a crop that is widely cultivated on the island and are a very popular food. You can buy bags of small new potatoes that are locally grown and are used to make "papas arrugadas", which are wrinkly potatoes cooked in brine until the water has boiled away.

Papas arrugadas are a traditional Canary Islands dish and are served with "mojo verde" and "mojo rojo", which are green and red sauces. The first is made with coriander and parsley and the latter red sauce is made with red peppers and chillis.

Restaurants and cafés usually give you two little bowls of both types of sauce so you can take your pick or use both. "Mojo" is also good with goat's cheese.

Another traditional Canary Islands food that actually dates back to the time of the Guanches who were the people who lived on the islands before the Spanish conquest, is "gofio." This is roast cereals ground into flour.

Wheat, barley and maize flour are the usual ingredients. It gets used to thicken soups and stews and put into cakes and puddings. It can also be served as simple cereal and I like gofio mixed with yogurt and mashed banana.

Crustless sliced wholemeal bread is very popular on Tenerife and the Canary Islands where it is called "Pan integral sin corteza". I am not sure what they do with the crusts here but I am sure they get used for something.

I buy bread without crusts because it hasn't got soya flour in it. Most of the brown and wholemeal bread here does and I am trying to avoid soya. The crust-less bread slices are very big too so are great for making sandwiches.

Fish is a main source of food for many people who live on the Canary Islands, and although I don't eat meat, I do eat fish. Anchovies that are sold in tins and glass jars are a fish I buy. I love anchovies on pizza and also with pasta dishes.

A popular savoury snack that get served as tapas in bars and cafés is lupin or lupini beans. These large yellow beans are sold pickled in brine and come in glass jars or plastic sachets.

I have to admit I wondered what on Earth they were when I first saw them. I am more used to seeing lupins growing a a pretty garden flower and haven't thought of them as a food.

For those people, who are not worried about piling on the pounds and have a sweet tooth, there are a wonderful and tempting range of sweet ("dulce") pastries and cakes. Many of these have chocolate on them or in them. I sometimes get tempted to treat myself to little buns you can buy here that have chocolate chips instead of dried fruit.

Plenty of people like to drink wine with their meals and there are some wonderful locally-produced red and white wines. I prefer beer and two of the best ones available here are Reina and Dorada. Make mine a Dorada Especial, por favor!

Copyright © 2012 Steve Andrews. All Rights Reserved.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)