Costa Rica cuisine is full of flavour – fruit and vegetables is high in a Costa Rican diet. Their main dish there is known as gallo pinto and is made up rice and black beans. The gallo pinto is often served with some type of meat and salad in order to make it a well rounded dish. Other staples include tortillas, white cheese and picadillos.
During family gatherings it is common for Costa Ricans to prepare a meal of Arroz con Pollo (Rice with chicken) alongside a Russian salad which consists of beets, potatoes, hard boiled eggs and mayonnaise.
Fresh vegetables are key to Costa Ricans – the squash family is a particular favourite and can be made into soups. Plantain is a widely used fruit here and can be served in a multitude of ways from frying in butter to baking in honey, or even boiled in a soup.
Coffee and bananas also form part of local cuisine here, but are also two large exports for this country.