What do people eat in Vanuatu?


The cuisine of Vanuatu is rich in flavors and includes a variety of dishes made from fresh and natural ingredients.

Some of the most popular foods in Vanuatu include:

Lap Lap: Lap Lap is a traditional dish made from taro, yam, or cassava, which is grated and mixed with coconut milk and wrapped in banana leaves before being cooked in an underground oven.

Coconut: Coconut is widely used in Vanuatu for cooking and in a variety of dishes, including coconut milk and cream.

Seafood: Seafood is a significant part of the Vanuatu diet, and the islands are rich in fish, crabs, lobsters, and other seafood.

Root crops: Root crops such as yams, sweet potatoes, and taro are staple foods in Vanuatu and are often used in traditional dishes.

Fruit: A variety of tropical fruits, including papaya, pineapple, mango, and passionfruit, are also commonly consumed in Vanuatu.

In recent years, with the influx of imported foods, Vanuatu's traditional diet has changed, and processed and packaged foods have become more common. However, many people still rely on locally grown and harvested foods for their meals, and the traditional diet continues to be an essential part of Vanuatu's culture and heritage.


Taro root and yams are staple foods. In many rural areas food is prepared without electricity. Urban people have a large selection of imported foods.

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