Holy cow! The food in Belize is bar none amazing.
When I first came to Belize over 12 years ago, a friend of mine who was traveling with me was vegetarian. Everybody kept saying in St. Petersburg, Florida (where I am from), that my friend would be hungry and that she wouldn't be able to eat anything. But my friend said that she had never ever eaten vegetarian food that was so good.
The market is open seven days a week. You can get fresh fruits and vegetables daily, especially if you are inland. If you eat the salads with the vegetables and fruits from the Belizean market, and then you go to North America and you want to eat a salad there, you will be able to tell the difference immediately. It is bar none amazing how much better food tastes when it is fresh- picked, brought to you locally, and was actually picked when it was ripe, as opposed to being gassed, dyed and colored- treated to make it look different than it is, etc.
My best analogy is when we first moved here to Belize, I gave my daughter a pineapple, and she said, “Mom! This pineapple tastes so much better than what we ge
t in Florida.”
I told her,"That is what it tastes like when you eat it fresh, as opposed to having it delivered thousands of miles to a store before it gets to your table."
Certain brands, however, may be difficult to find in Belize, which may make a difference to you, especially when you first come here. When we first moved to here, my daughter liked Dr. Pepper. But Belize is a Coke country. She was very disappointed: “Oh… there’s no Dr. Pepper.”
Well, I found Dr. Pepper one day. I bought a six-pack, which made me a hero during that six-pack period time. But I never found Dr. Pepper again. What happened with my daughter, however, was that she shifted her taste to like fresh juices instead. You cannot compare the fresh juices from anywhere else in North America to here in Belize, because of how fresh they are and the actual taste of them; you can taste the healthiness of them.
If you are a beef-eater, you may not be so happy with the beef in Belize, other than the ground sirloin. A lot of our beef is from Brahman cattle, because they are heat and tick resistant, and there is not any marbling in that meat. A lot of places do not age th
eir meat, either. It is hard to get a good cut of beef. However, I have a friend that has a the butcher shop that actually does a combination, which we call Brangus – Brahman with Angus beef. And it actually is much better. And he does age the meat. So you can find it. Once you live here in Belize, you get to know these things.
If you are a pork eater, you are going to absolutely love the pork in Belize. The bacon is actually meat. It’s not white, fat, and curly. It is actually meat. It is phenomenal. The pork chops are just… you would never want to be a vegetarian, but if you are, there’s lot of good fruits and vegetables. However, the pork is amazing.
I have a friend who is a vegetarian, and she says, “I am a vegetarian, except for the pork in Belize.”
If you like seafood, that is a whole other story. We have a dish called ceviche, which is fresh caught seafood with lime and cilantro, and salt and pepper. Almost every restaurant in Belize has some form of ceviche. Because we are on the Caribbean Sea, we get all this beautiful lobster very inexpensively. We have fish and we also have a lot of conch here. People love the conch because it is very fresh.
You won’t go hungry in Belize. The food here is not processed food. It is not something that comes out of a box. You actually go to the market and you pick your fruits and vegetables, and you go to the butchers to get your meat, or you can go to a grocery store and you can get your meats there, too. Most people here in Belize do not buy instant or just add water meals. They are actually buying our local food, which makes sense. It is much cheaper than the processed foods because processed foods are imported, so there is more cost needed to deliver them. People in Belize eat healthier. We have organic chocolates and organic coffee. I just got a pound of organic coffee recently and it was just amazing. The coffee beans to me, tastes different in comparison to coffee beans that I get in the US.
(Guanabana or soursop fruit, pictured.)