One of my favourite things to do in a new country is visiting the local supermarket. Seeing the locals go about their day to day lives is the ultimate cultural immersion! But for me it goes beyond that. I find it fascinating to browse the aisles in search for wacky and weird or simply new and interesting foods/drinks that you can’t find anywhere else in the world.
So here are a few of my Costa Rican favourites!
Salsa Lizano – Costa Rican Salsa used on rice and beans and pretty much everything else consumed by the locals
Chicharritos, smocked pork rinds, are one of the locals’ favourite snacks. They come in a variety of flavours similar to North American chips.
Platanos, are a type of chip found in Costa Rica made out of plantains, a type of starchy banana that’s consumed cooked rather than raw like it’s cousin sweet banana. The chips are similar to banana chips in texture, but are not sweet at all.
Imperial – local Costa Rican beer
BamBoo: Premixed Rum and Cola, 7.5% alcohol – a Costa Rican favourite.
Tropical brand has a number of great alternatives to North American iced tea . This is Té Limón (lemon tea) and Té Blanco (white tea). There was also Té Rojo (red tea) and Té Melocotón (peach tea), but my favourite was Té Verde – green tea with apple flavouring. It’s full of sugar (although it does come in a sugar reduced version as well), but it’s delicious!
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Have you seen any of these Costa Rican finds in supermarkets elsewhere in Central or South America?