What is the most important aspect of travelling?
If you do a quick survey of your friends you will see that a popular answer is ‘food’.
Food can tell you a lot about a culture, and the further away you go the most weird stuff you are going to find. Which might end up in you eating insects, or interiors.. but if you feel adventurous…
With this post I don’t intend to put you off trying anything by any means, trying new things and having a full immersion in a new culture is indeed one of the reasons why we travel, so go on and take the plunge.
If you are, however, concerned with sustainability, you might want to check that what you eat can indeed be considered ‘sustainable’. This may be a bit tricky, particularly if eating at restaurants, or in countries where standard ‘certification’ methods are not available.
A good way of doing this would be to do some research before your travels on what the common foods are, and trying to figure out how are they produced / cultivated/ caught and what impacts they might have. Chances are that if are popular foods then they will be, at least, local (no airmiles), but in some countries they still eat shark fins, rare fish and mollusks, use toxic pesticides, GMOs and so on.
On this post, I would like to focus on seafood and what to look out for with example from my most recent trip to Madeira. Hopefully, you can find some inspiration on what information might be useful to gather together when eating seafood.
The main common items on the menu on the island were: black scabbard fish, tuna and limpets. Let’s see what they are and whether eating them is a good idea or not..
The wwf has guides available for mutiple countries: so check them out before leaving for your destination (or while there)!
And if you feel adventurous and want to try cook some of your own seafood, check out the recipe books suggested above (affiliate links).
Do some research, try to get deep into the biology, use some common sense and remember to enjoy your trip! Just be mindful and well.. everything in moderation, right?
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