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Where the mango reigns supreme

By Maria Ronna Luna Pastorizo-Sekiguchi | Jun 13, 2019

On the island of Nevis, it literally rains mangoes in the summertime. The abundant stone fruit has melted into the cuisines, cultures and hearts of the people who live on the idyllic Caribbean sister island to St Kitts. Six years ago, in an attempt to boost tourism in the slow summer months, Nevis Tourism Authority…

Slow Farms impacts awareness around consumption of indigenous foods

By Maria Ronna Luna Pastorizo-Sekiguchi | May 26, 2019

For nearly three decades, grassroots organisation Slow Foods has worked around the globe in over 160 countries to prevent the disappearance of local food cultures and traditions and counteract the rise of a fast life. It strives to combat people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat; where it comes from; and how our food choices…

Taste of paradise

By Maria Ronna Luna Pastorizo-Sekiguchi | May 23, 2019

The best ideas are dreamed up when doing what you love. As Hawaii’s Bryan Fujikawa sat on his boat fishing, rocking quietly, the idea for Sun Dried Specialties was born. The fisherman –turned chef opened a small family business producing and selling local delicacies 19 years ago, which has evolved into the Kona Grill House…

It’s time for a food revolution

By Maria Ronna Luna Pastorizo-Sekiguchi | May 9, 2019

A group of Food Warriors have set out to show the world how eating indigenous foods has a dramatic effect on the health of their respective country’s people.  Spearheaded by Kiwi Chef Robert Oliver, the Pacific Islands Food Revolution is an initiative to tackle the health crisis taking place in the Pacific currently.  His passionate…

Honouring Heritage with Creativity and Ingenuity: Young Chefs Disrupt ‘Old Food Culture’ in South Africa

By Maria Ronna Luna Pastorizo-Sekiguchi | May 9, 2019

The food we grow up eating forms an integral part of our identity, inextricably linked with our senses. A whiff, a bite, a sip – all have the ability to evoke treasured memories which can instantaneously transport us to a different time and place. But what happens when the cuisine you know and love is…

Tukuni Fiji: A farm-to-table venture like no other

By Maria Ronna Luna Pastorizo-Sekiguchi | May 8, 2019

Situated atop Tuvu Mountain, off the Kings Highway in Lautoka, is a picturesque restaurant imbued with a multitude of stories – stories of perseverance and determination, of ingenuity and innovation, of culture and equity, of acceptance and dignity, of Fiji – masterfully conveyed through its cuisine, décor and aesthetics, and practices and values. Sounds like…

Nevis’ Must-Visit Summer Food Festival

By CTA Admin | Apr 23, 2019

One of the Caribbean’s fastest-growing food festivals is back again this summer. The Nevis Mango & Food Festival, now in its fifth year, is set for July 4-7 with a focus on the island’s growing culinary power. The Nevis Mango and Food Festival is an entire weekend totally dedicated to the mango and the deliciously creative cuisine…

Pomeroon coconut farmer targets local market – plans to convert 50-acre plot into agri- tourism site

By CTA Admin | Apr 18, 2019

She fondly referred to her product as “nature in a bottle” and she foresees a good future for Guyana’s coconut industry, but one of her biggest aims is to convert 50 acres of land into an agriculture-tourism destination. Such are the plans of farmer Vilma DeSilva. She is investing in training and educating her children…

Seychelles eyes new law to protect agricultural land in bid for increased food security

By CTA Admin | Apr 17, 2019

Seychelles is planning to put in place a law that will protect agricultural land from being used for other types of development, a top government official said last week. A workshop on agricultural land evaluation was organised by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries with the support of the Food Agricultural Organisation (FAO). Antoine-Marie Moustache, the…

Locally produced “Breadfruit Eau de Vie” receives Gold Medal Award

By CTA Admin | Apr 11, 2019

This 100% Distillate, distilled only from local grown Breadfruit, is produced by Eike Lauff, who has labelled a new selection of St Lucian novelty Spirits under “Caribbean Craft Distilling”. St Lucian “Caribbean Craft Distilling” has claimed additional plaudits to its Gold Medal Breadfruit Eau de Vie at the 2019 ‘World Spirits Awards’: It’s Taro Vodka,…

Use of Banana fibres

By CTA Admin | Apr 11, 2019

Banana fibre, also known as musa fibre is one of the world’s strongest natural fibres. Biodegradable, the natural fibre is made from the stem of the banana tree and is incredibly durable. The fibre consists of thick-walled cell tissue, bonded together by natural gums and is mainly composed of cellulose, hemicelluloses and lignin. Banana fibre is similar…

Celebrating 30 Years of the Tortuga Rum Company

By CTA Admin | Apr 11, 2019

When people visit the Caribbean islands they are often presented with a delicious glass or two of rum punch. Oh, but there is something else so yummy that is made of the famous rum of the Caribbean that one must try – specifically, rum cake. Tortuga Rum Cake is known throughout the cruise passenger and…

Samoa’s coconuts go global

By CTA Admin | Apr 10, 2019

“Coconuts are both culturally and economically important to Samoans,” says Alberta Vitale, Associate Director of Samoa’s Women in Business Development Incorporated (WIBDI). This organisation was originally set up to create opportunities and a regular income for women in Samoa, but today, whole families are involved, helping to gather the coconuts and make coconut oil. Read recent…