Top 10 Souvenirs From Tenerife

Wed, January 25th, 2012 - By Jack Montgomery

If you’re not travelling with a budget airline whose baggage allowance amounts to just enough space for a thong and a pair of flip flops, it’s a nice idea to pick up presents for friends back in Blighty.

Here are our top 10 ideas for souvenirs from Tenerife.

 

Booze
That honey rum at the end of meals may have tasted like the best thing ever, but once back home it’s destined for the dark depths of the kitchen cupboard. Buy something classier like a bottle of Tenerife wine. Viña Norte is one of the best, but whether you’re staying in Los Cristianos, Santa Cruz or Puerto de la Cruz you can pick up local wine flavoured by a volcanic landscape.

Gift from the Guanches
Good gifts are T-shirts and jewellery bearing designs from Tenerife’s original inhabitants the Guanches. However, anyone hoping for a daughter-in-law to provide them with grandchildren should buy the stubby figurine called Tara, a Guanche fertility symbol.

 

Cheese
Tenerife produces cracking cheese, Gromit. One was voted the best cheese in the world a couple of years ago. Most supermarkets stock Benijos, one of the best from La Orotava, but you can pick up exceptional local cheeses at farmers’ markets across Tenerife.

Mojos
Everybody loves herby verde and picante rojo mojos (sauces) that accompany papas arrugadas (wrinkled potatoes) in Tenerife’s restaurants. Choose from a head numbing selection in Tenerife’s supermarkets.

 

Goatskin Wine Bottle
A goatskin wine bottle might sound cheesy but caballeros in Tenerife actually use them. I speak from experience having had jets of wine from them aimed at my mouth during fiestas.

Honey
There are honeys made from flowers, chestnuts and the tajinaste (the striking flower that blooms in Teide National Park in spring). Not only do they taste good on toast, they help burns to heal. The best selection is at the Casa de Miel (honey museum) in El Sauzal.

Fags
200 Bennies might be the order, but try something different like hand-rolled cigars. They may have been hand-rolled by crusty old blokes on La Palma rather than on the thighs of dusky maidens but Castro admitted they were as good as their Cuban counterparts (according to a local cigar roller) and they’re a lot cheaper.

 

 

Lace
Visiting friends seem to like something frilly for their dining tables. La Orotava and Puerto de la Cruz are good places to pick up a pressie that reminds me of old women who smell of cats and fish boiled in milk.

Drago Tree
Said to have grown from blood spilled by the mythical dragon slain by Atlas, the drago tree is eye-catching, and a packet of seeds won’t take up space in the suitcase. Whoever gets them will have to wait a 1000 years if they want a specimen like the millennium drago in Icod de los Vinos.

Traditional Music
Anyone who’s been to a Tenerife fiesta will have heard traditional folk music. If you fancy sharing the sound, pick up a CD. One of the most popular local singers is Pepe Benavente who’s released a zillion CDs ranging from Traditional Christmas Carols to Songs I like to Sing on a Wet Friday in February. On second thoughts maybe you’ll be safer with The Sabadeños, Tenerife’s most popular folk group.

Posted : Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 at 9:49 am
Category : food and drink
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