Vegetables and fruits tipical from Costa Rica
Vegetables and fruits tipical from Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a foodie's paradise. With near-perfect growing conditions for crops year-round, our beautiful country offers travelers the opportunity to indulge in a variety of delicious meals any time of the year. Depending on when you visit, there are a number of seasonal foods that are sure to make your mouth water!

Black beans on market in San Jose
Black beans on market in San Jose

Fresh and Tasty

In addition to meats such as chicken and fish, fresh vegetables are an essential part of many Costa Rican meals, especially at the beginning of the dry season. Farmers across the country harvest their crops toward the end of the rainy season, bringing fresh vegetables and fruit to farmer's markets in virtually every town and city in the country. Whether you choose to buy and cook your own produce or head to a traditional Costa Rican restaurant, enjoying seasonal food in Costa Rica is a real treat.

If you're looking to try something a little different, seasonal favorites such as avocado and mango salad will do the trick. For chicken, fish and pork dishes, a typical Costa Rican food marinade with garlic, fresh cilantro, lime zest and some red pepper sauce will add a little zing to any meal. Instead of settling for rice as a side dish, why not experiment and enjoy some sauteed plantains with a dash of hot sauce? When it comes to seasonal dining in Costa Rica, the possibilities are endless

Cilantro leafes in San Jose market
Cilantro leafes in San Jose market

An Emphasis on Quality

One of the most important aspects of seasonal food in Costa Rica is the way in which farmers approach agriculture. While some other countries favor maximizing crop yields by using synthetic fertilizers and preservatives, Ticos prefer to keep things natural, growing organic crops whenever possible to ensure that produce is both fresh and healthy.

Wherever you go in Costa Rica, local restaurants will often favor produce grown by regional farmers, supporting local businesses and using only the finest ingredients in their meals. Although year-round favorites like gallo pinto and arroz con pollo are served pretty much everywhere, ask about seasonal specials when you go out to eat a wonderful "casado".

Seasonal dining in Costa Rica can be a real adventure for foodies. With a world of flavors to explore, you're in for a treat, no matter when you choose to visit.

Traditional store at Mercado in San Jose
Traditional store at Mercado in San Jose