Christmas Flavors of Madeira and Porto Santo Islands
One of the many attractions of Madeira Island is its magnificent gastronomy. Madeira has several Christmas typical dishes, namely the famous “Carne de Vinho e Alhos” or “Carne de Vinha d’Alhos” and “Canja de Galinha”.
Besides, sweets and desserts are also part of Christmas specialties of Madeira and Porto Santo Islands.
“Carne de Vinho e Alhos” is a madeiran typical dish and consists of small pieces of pork meat. It is left marinated for at least for a day and in a mix of wine vinegar, garlic and bay leaf, before cooked. This dish is normally served at Christmas time, namely on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, celebrated on 8th December.
“Canja de Galinha” (Chicken Soup) is also a traditional dish in Madeira Island during Christmas season. This chicken soup is served on Christmas Eve.
Besides, pastry also has its own place on Madeira’s Christmas specialties. One of the most important on Christmas season is the famous “Bolo de Mel” (Honey Cake), made of sugar cane rum molasses and is hand cut. This cake is the oldest sweet on the Island, due to the fact that it dates back to the times when Madeira was an important sugar cane producer. Others are Sugar Cane Molasses Biscuits and Fennel Candies.
However, Madeira and Porto Santo also have a wide variety of traditional Christmas drinks. The main ones are “Poncha”, made of sugar cane honey, sugar cane rum, and lemon juice and liqueurs, such as Liqueur of Anise, Liqueur of Passion Fruit, Liqueur of Sugar Cane Honey, Liqueur of Sweetsop and Liqueur of Beer. These liqueurs are often accompanied with Honey Cake and broas.
Christmas season is an excellent time to come to Madeira Island. Madeira Rural has plenty accommodations waiting for you.
Come to Madeira Island and you will have the opportunity of savoring these gastronomic specialties.
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