Solomon Island’s cuisine


The most probably moment that the Solomon Islands were discovered was about 5.000 years ago. Since then many people visited these lands and left their own mark over these Islands cuisine.


First influences came from the Spanish people who introduced this country to the costume of growing and eating cattle. Asian and Indian people added to the Solomon Islands cuisine all kind of special ingredients, spices and exotic vegetables and fruits. Chefs all over this country prefers to stick and respect all the old traditions and customs preparing dishes in unique ways and with exquisite flavors. 

Somewhere at the beginning of the 19th century this country was ruled by the English and due to this fact this country cuisine suffered many improvements. Nowadays Solomon Islands is a country where the main occupations of the natives are fishing and agriculture. Due to the agricultural sector coconuts, cassava, sweet potatoes and a high variety of fruits and vegetables are being produced.

Special dishes are made using all kinds of ingredients. Fish meat is a staple in the Solomon Islands cuisine. Usually any meat is cooked and served with sweet potatoes, rice, taro roots cassava, taro leaves and many other vegetables. 

Beside the local traditional cuisine many dishes from both European and Asian culture can be easily found and served in any restaurant or household of this country. Also very famous in this country is the breadfruit or how the locals call it Ulu. The breadfruit can be served with any dish. A famous local dessert is made by mixing bananas with many other exotic fruits, and wrapped in pearl cassavas and served with whipped cream or caramel.

Any special event, holiday or celebration in Solomon Islands are held by respecting old traditions. Special dishes are cooked using old methods and ingredients in order to create a paradise of tastes and flavors. Here are just some of the main public holidays that are celebrated every year in Solomon Islands : New Year’s Day, Easter, Independence Day, National Day of Thanksgiving, Queen’s Birthday and of course Christmas.

A special dish served during any celebration is called poi and it is made with fermented taro roots. This dish can be served with Chicken or fish meat or made like a porridge. Also used a lot during holidays is tapoica or Pearl cassava and manly this is served like a pudding.