Costa Rica is every conscientious eater’s dream; whether you follow a plant based diet (vegan, vegetarian…you name it) or if you are looking for organic products, this country has everything for you.
Since you set foot on Tico’s land, you will realize that fresh fruit, vegetables and fish are everywhere and you won’t need to spend ridiculous amounts of money for choosing organic ones; actually, in some areas there is not even a choice to make: you can only find organic so even the non-picky ones will slowly “catch the wave” for a better nutrition.
The best that you can do if you are settling here for good or taking a long-term vacation is to start following nature’s cycle by basing your diet on whatever is growing in that season and by doing that you will get the best quality, healthier, cheaper and eco-friendly products -- and what’s even better: you will be benefiting small producers and the local economy.
That said, here is a list of fruits and vegetables that you can enjoy all year long:
If you are staying in Bejuco’s area, you can get all of this and more in any of the Farmer’s markets around town: Thursdays and Fridays in Jacó, Saturdays in Bejuco, or every day in bigger town’s fruit stores and groceries.
Also, fresh fish is a delight that you can go and get early in the mornings only about 10 kilometers away in Esterillos Oeste from local fisherman.
Soon, we are going to be sharing some delicious recipes made with local fresh products to inspire you.