With a rich gastronomic diversity, it is possible to have at home some flavors of the Archipelago
After experiencing the beauties and flavors of the Seychelles, it's hard not to want to take a little piece of the trip home with you. The Indian Ocean Archipelago offers a number of options for all those who wish to transport some of the flavors of the Islands to their homes and countries of origin. Discover some of the best options below.
One of the most consumed and appreciated drinks, Seychelles teas are a great option to gift or bring in your suitcase. Seychelles has its own factory and product cultivation, the SeyTé Tea Factory Farm, situated on a beautiful mountain on the Sans Souci road, within the Morne Seychellois National Park. There, you can enjoy the fresh air and take a short 20-minute walk to observe all the traditional stages of the tea-making process.
In addition to offering splendid panoramic views of the slopes of Mahé, the factory's signature teas are available for tasting and for purchase at The Tea Boutique store. Among the various flavors available are: vanilla, orange, mint, citronella, lemon, mint, strawberry and cinnamon.
The tea factory continues to use traditional techniques since 1972 - the year of its foundation -, still fundamental characteristics, which continue to attract visitors. The tea factory uses state-of-the-art technology to grow, harvest and formulate the product. SeyTé teas can be found in several stores in the Islands and in the Sir Selwyn Selwyn-Clarke market in Vitória, the country's capital.
A more unusual product to bring in your suitcase, but extremely present in Seychellois cuisine, is tuna. Fishing is a traditional activity of the islands, for a long time oriented only to the local market. In the last decade, however, the product has become one of the main exports of Seychelles, which is globally recognized for being home to an important tuna canning factory.
A Indian Ocean Tuna Company (IOT) is a local company that manufactures and exports canned tuna. The fish is packaged according to size, freshness, texture and fat content and has four grades, with number one being the highest. It is possible to buy cans of the product at the factory itself, in supermarkets and stores around the 115 islands.
Seychelles is one of the few countries in the world that still has a healthy population of bees, and with that, local honey production is another highlight of the country. The islands have two main honey production seasons: a short one in April/May, and a longer one from September to December.
A Pure Forest Honey of Seychelles is a local honey farm that allows you to taste its purest version, produced through suitable processes, without the addition of sugar or other preservatives. On the farm it is possible to learn how to harvest the honey and observe all the steps before the final packaging. There are several local brands of honey, which can be purchased at Sir Selwyn Selwyn-Clarke Market, local hypermarkets and other outlets around the Seychelles islands. *In Brazil, honey is not allowed. It is important to check the regulations of each country.
For more information about the destination, visit www.seychelles.com/home.