Desserts are not neglected
If you’ve a sweet tooth, you’re catered for too. The Cape Verde islands have a huge variety of fruits, some of which you probably won’t recognise. Some more familiar ones very much in evidence are coconut, mangoes, papaya, quince and bananas.
Queijo de Cabra com Doce de Popoia – local cheese served with a papaya relish – is delicious, as are rolled bananas – bananas wrapped in dough and fried.
You’ll find papaya or banana candy everywhere. This is made by adding sugar to the fruit, placing the mixture in a small amount of water and heating it. Lemon juice is added for additional flavour and, once cooled, the mixture crystallises and is cut into shapes for eating.
Pudim de Queijo – a baked cheese dish – is spectacular. Made from goats’ cheese with added sugar and eggs, it’s baked in an oven and topped with granulated sugar when cool.