Wellness Wednesday: Dominica’s dasheen

Weekly tips to bring island-inspired wellness into your everyday life from the wellness and spa team at Rosalie Bay Resort, Dominica. Post written by Spa and Wellness Coordinator Laura Lund.

Dasheen, Rosalie Bay Resort, DominicaThis tropical perennial herbaceous plant grows all over Dominica and is used for the tuber known as dasheen.

Dasheen is a starchy potato-like staple found in local cuisine. It is also included in what is called provisions along with bananas, yams and breadfruit.

The young leaves are used as a green leafy vegetable. They are often boiled until soft to make a base for the island’s famous and nutritious “callaloo” soup. A must-try while visiting Rosalie Bay!

Whether you enjoy the root or the leaves, both bear health benefits. The root is a complex carbohydrate with moderate amounts of fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and a low glycemic index. The leaves are rich in beta-carotene and other antioxidants, as well as many of the B-complex vitamins.

Dive into the local cuisine on your next vacation by tasting healthy dasheen.

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