There is, in the island of Madeira, an interesting assortment of natural products which creates an immensity of gastronomic delights in this region.
It is rich in tropical fruits such as mangoes, avocadoes, soursops and passion fruit. The Banana da Madeira is the most symbolic fruit of the region. Rich in potassium and fibers, it is easy to peel and to carry, as it is smaller than the rest of bananas. It is much used when traveling and in in-between meals snacks, among others situations.
With a strong presence in the island’s gastronomy, the Banana da Madeira can be tasted not only in desserts but also in typical dishes like the Sword Fish Fillets. From the proximity of the sea results a tradition of fresh frish and seafood specialties. The tuna fish steaks are another typical dish, usually accompanied by boiled potatos, boiled or fried corn or boiled rice.
In what concerns meat dishes, the ex-libris is undoubtfully the madeirense espetada, made with grilled beef in laurel wood skewers.
The most ancient and famous element of Madeira confectionary is the Honey Cake, baked with spices and sugar cane honey.