Malta is a mixture of different cultures. Through the centuries, a lot of foreign cultures influenced the Maltese gastronomy.
Traditional Maltese food is pure nature and based on the seasons. Real Maltese classics are stews of rabbit (Fenkata), Lampuki (hearty fish pie), bragioli (meat olives), Kapunata, (Maltese ratatouille), and the so-called "widow's soup’, in which you find a small round ball of Gbejniet (sheep or goat cheese). Snacks that you should try are hobz biz zejt and pastizzi. Hobz biz zejt is bread dipped in olive oil, spread with fresh tomato paste and filled with a mix of tuna, onion, garlic, tomatoes and capers. Pastizzi are crispy puff pastry packetsfilled with ricotta cheese or mashed beans.
For every day a fish
The sea provides a constant supply of fresh fish on the Maltese islands. Visit on a Sunday morning the famous market of Marsaxlokk and be amazed by the wide range and variety of fresh fish: all kinds of bass, white sea bream, stone fish, swordfish, tuna, octopus and squid are (seasonal) widely available.
A delicious Maltese fish dish is Aljotta; a fish soup that is flavored with garlic.
Malta is traditionally not so much known for its wine, especially when compared to its northern neighbors Italy and France. But in recent years the wine is becoming increasingly important. The Maltese grape types Gellewza and Ghirghentina produce full-bodied wines with distinctive flavors. In addition, international grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Grenache, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Carignan, Chenin Blanc and Moscato grows in the Maltese Islands.
Kinnie celebrates 60th anniversary
A real topper is the Maltese soda Kinnie. Kinnie exists 60 years this year and has been rightfully become an Maltese icon. After World War II conquered soft drinks like Coca Cola and Pepsi in the world. Micelli Anthony Farrugia, a Maltese businessman, wanted to create a counterpart to these sweet drinks and invented the secret recipe Kinnie. Kinnie consists of natural extracts of orange and a mix of aromatic herbs that Kinnie give her bittersweet taste. Within a short time Kinnie surpassed the success of other drinks and since Kinnie is deservedly popular with the Maltese population and its many visitors.