An Island Made of Salt and Asparagus
Sal: this is the Cape Verde island that is popular among visitors for its year-round sunshine and beaches with fine sand. The capital is Espargos and it can be found at the centre of the desert-like landscape. What you may not realise is that ‘Sal’ and ‘Espargos’ actually mean ‘salt’ and ‘asparagus’ in Portuguese. Salt has been mined here since the 17th century, and a particularly rich source of the mineral is inside the crater of the Pedra Lume volcano. There is also no shortage of asparagus on Sal and it can be found growing wild in the area surrounding Espargos. But be warned: it is inedible. Not to worry though: there are plenty of alternatives. Whatever you do, do not miss out on trying the local cuisine.
A Tasty Finish
Following a rich meal, you can expect to be served homemade desserts made from fresh fruit. Coconut, papaya, guava, and mango in jelly form give each dessert an exotic touch. Enjoy it with a traditional glass of Grogue, the alcoholic national drink. Grogue is made from sugar cane that is pressed and distilled. But there is no need to worry if you prefer to avoid that much alcohol: the Cape Verdean cocktail Pontche is a little milder and sweeter, but still has the typical grogue taste. Here, limes and honey are added to the schnapps – so it is fine to drink another glass or two.
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