Dominican Republic’s Sweet and Prominent Products Are Symbols of the Historic Island’s Charismatic Culture
Savory Treats, Guilty Pleasures and Unique Treasures
“Dominican Republic’s culture has been influenced by a fascinating history – from Christopher Columbus’ 1492 voyage, to the Spanish, Taino, and African influences that are still a big part of our present-day island, and our products that symbolize it all. Dominican Republic’s agricultural and cultural products are a source of pride for Dominicans, and symbolic of the country’s history and way of life. We encourage visitors to indulge in Dominican treats to get a deeper feel for our captivating culture.”
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – OCT. 16, 2012 – Dominican Republic is known for silky smooth beaches and coastline, all-encompassing and breathtaking mountains, and adrenaline-pumping water sports; however, much of what has made the destination the exceptional place it is today are the history and culture engrained in the Dominican way of life. Dominicans’ perseverance and dedication helped to make the astonishing island what it is today and provide the world with those qualities’ physical forms – the country’s emblematic products.
“Dominican Republic’s culture has been influenced by a fascinating history – from Christopher Columbus’ 1492 voyage, to the Spanish, Taino, and African influences that are still a big part of our present-day island, and our products that symbolize it all,” said Magaly Toribio, Marketing Advisor for the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism. “Dominican Republic’s agricultural and cultural products are a source of pride for Dominicans, and symbolic of the country’s history and way of life. We encourage visitors to indulge in Dominican treats to get a deeper feel for our captivating culture.”
The country is home to ample offerings that are unique and not available anywhere else. Below are a few that will give you a taste of Dominican Republic and leave you wanting more:
Cocoa: Dominican Republic’s tropical environment, perfectly shaded areas and nurturing farmers help to produce high-quality cocoa – a major Dominican export since 1864. Dominican Republic’s cocoa beans are flawlessly grown, refined and processed to serve as world-class chocolate manufacturers’ finest product. The rich cocoa has sweeping effects, as it is longed for by chocolate lovers across the globe, and whether it is drunk, eaten or used to bake, you will taste just how sweet Dominican life is.
Coffee: The chocolate is sweet, and that is the same way Dominicans like their coffee—the country’s national non-alcoholic drink. It is rich and robust with moderate sharpness and uncomplicated flavors, which comes from the mountainous regions’ rich soil that harbors the coffee trees. Throughout the country, street vendors sell it with pre-added sugar in thimble-sized cups – perfect for a morning wakeup, afternoon jolt or evening indulgence.
Sugarcane: Dominican meals rarely end after the main course, as it is proper for dessert to follow, and after all, the country’s principal agricultural product is sugarcane. Cakes, puddings, caramel-dipped fruits and creams are typical and extraordinarily sweet. There is more to Dominican sugarcane than its inclusion in desserts, though, as it is also the country’s primary export and key ingredient in its world-renowned rum.
Cigars: Since the Spanish arrived in 1492, tobacco has been an integral part of Dominican culture, which has led to its current status as a cigar lover’s paradise. More than 350 million cigars are exported each year and more than half of the cigars consumed in the U.S. are produced in Dominican Republic. Each hand-rolled cigar embodies dedication and pride – the two key aspects that make each one special and symbolic of the island nation’s persona.
Rum: Dominican rum is undoubtedly the world’s best – known for its unique flavor and silky smoothness that was first created and perfected in 1852. Dominican grown sugarcane is the rum’s key component, giving it the taste relished around the world. There are several different types, each defined by how long they are aged. It is not uncommon for Dominicans to invite you to have some of their “Vitamin B,” as they call it, which references the three best known brands of rum – Bermúdez, Brugal and Barceló.
Amber: Dominican Republic amber, a hardened tree resin, is a striking gemstone and one of the most popular souvenirs for tourists. It is 90 percent more transparent than amber found elsewhere, and is known for its diversity and abundance of inclusions – such as lizards, insects and leaves – trapped inside the stone. It is mined in mountains north of Santiago and northeast of Santo Domingo, and is found in several colors, including light yellow to a deep red, the very rare opaque green and even a blue.
Larimar: Larimar, Dominican Republic’s native stone and trademark, is a pectolite not found elsewhere. Volcano activity millions of years ago gave the blue stones touches of green and white, with brown, gray, or red shadows woven in their surface. Needless to say, Larimar makes for exquisite jewelry and keepsakes.
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