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Top Five Famous Costa Rican Products
Everyone who comes to Costa Rica becomes obsessed with the coffee. The unofficial national drink of choice is found everywhere and at all times. The country’s love affair with coffee goes back to the era of the conquistadors and extended all the way to the 19th century when coffee plantations became one of the most popular economic activities in the country. Costa Rica is known for its volcanic soil which allows rich coffee varieties to grow.
2. Salsa Lizano
This rich vegetable sauce reminds some of American and British steak sauces, but few are ever able to say exactly what is it they find so addictive about its tangy, spicy flavor. The secret is, of course, in its secret recipe which the Lizano family has been able to maintain for generations. Since its creation, the sauce has become a staple of Costa Rican homes, with some saying that a “gallo pinto” can’t be called that, unless it has Lizano.
Beans are an essential part of the Costa Rican diet and the country’s most popular brand, Lizano, offers them in all kinds of shapes. Red and black refried beans can be found in most supermarkets and grocery shops.
4. Imperial Beer
Calling itself “the beer of Costa Rica”, this clear colored lager, is found all over restaurants, bars and lounges in the country. Its emblem has become iconic and can be found in hoodies, t-shirts and all kinds of merchandising.
5. Handcrafted souvenirs
Costa Rica is famous for its colorful culture, which is well represented in the variety of souvenirs found in souvenir shops. From woven hammocks, to miniature ox-carts, red, yellow, blue and purple hues predominate Costa Rican handcrafts. If you’re looking for variety make sure to visit the Central Market in San Jose, where you will also find great prices.