Lastovo is not just an island paradise – it is also a foodie’s paradise, expecially if you’re into exploring the Mediterranean cuisine as much as the Mediterranean sea. The food you can get on Lastovo is fresh and super healthy but, besides that, grocery shopping on Lastovo is a cultural experience in itself. Here’s a couple of advice on how to make the best of it!
The shopping list
This one is our best-of choice of healthy authentic Lastovo food (with *vegetarian/vegan options):
- Fruit jam (orange, lemon, peach or fig)*
- Samphire (locally known as motar)*
- Olive oil*
- Goat cheese
- Grass-fed lamb
- Rosemary and basil*
Everything on the list comes from nature so there are no artificial chemicals added in the process.
THE BEST SHOPPING SPOTS
The Local Market
You can go shopping at the local market in Lastovo village. You will definitely get some fresh and healthy produce there and, on the plus, it is a great chance to see the town and get to know some of the local people! It might help trying to use some Croatian words and phrases like Dobar dan! (Good day!), Molim (Please) and Hvala (Thanks).
Another way to get your delicious food on Lastovo is to buy it straight from the locals. All over the island you will see road signs leading to family farms. Take a turn at one of them and go get your food while you’re enjoying the views of olive trees, orchards and vineyards, grown under the sun and infused with the sea breeze. Some of these family farms even offer lunch and dinner, so if you’re feeling lazy, you can just stay there and eat with the family.
Also, if you are on Lastovo on an active vacation, you will probably spot some samphire or wild berries by the side of the road. The berries are delicious and the samphire is a local delicacy! On Lastovo, they prepare it and eat it similarly to capers: serving it with salads and omelettes, after it is pickled in salted vinegar.
Well now, once you’re done shopping, check out our cooking and serving ideas. Bon appetit!