Rapa Nui Cooking
The gastronomy of Rapa Nui is based on shellfish such as fish, lobster, tuna, cod fish, "nahue", Sword fish and other kind of seafood of the Pacific ocean
The delicious and appetizing island tributes are prepared with wonderful combinations of seafood, such as lobster, rape rape (similar but smaller), tuna, sawfish, sea urchins, koreha (eel) and heke (octopus).
Among the main dishes are included umu ta'o or curanto, a preparation of fish, shellfish and vegetables that is wrapped in banana leaves before being slowly cooked in the Umu Táo, a hole in the ground covered with pre-heated volcanic rocks. It is served with a side helping of sweet potato (camotes) and po'e, a flour, banana and pumpkin pudding.
Another usual ingredient in islander diet is fruits: 17 varieties of banana (plantain), papaya, pineapple, guava.