Warm, bold and welcoming, the tastes of the tropical region of the world, whether Southeast Asian, Latin American or Indian, share a wealth of flavors, yet are expressions of each unique culture. TropicsGourmet was founded to take you on a trip of discovery of these cultures through their food. Whether you are looking for the right recipe, want to find out where to have an exotic dining experience, are planning your next vacation or simply want to explore and learn from the comfort of your home, TropicsGourmet provides both a wealth of information and a forum to share with like souls.
From Mexican to Thai, Indian to Ethiopean food, we hook you up with the flavors from the tropical cultures of the world, and take you through a journey of learning and exploration.
Every week we will publish recipes, reviews, guides and news. Our team looks around the globe to bring you the information and insights to become an enlightened connoisseur, proficient cook, informed traveler and healthy eater of the foods from the tropical countries of the world. Our community allows you to participate, share and learn from fellow adventurers.
But, what is food from the tropics?
When European explorers and traders took to the seas in search of a better route to the far east, they unleashed a long history of cross-pollination in culinary tradition across the different countries in the tropical band of the globe. This process was accelerated after Christopher Columbus stumbled on the Americas during his quest to find a quicker way to the east indies, and the Portuguese established trade routes around the globe. As they transplanted ingredients from one latitude to another, they were largely responsible for the amazing fusion of flavors which have become the national cuisine of the cultures of the Tropics.
Examples of this tropical fusion in food are the extensive use of chili peppers in Indian and Asian cuisine when this crop is originally from the Americas, as well as the use of coconut in Brazilian and Caribbean dishes, an ingredient from Africa. The result has been a delicious mix of spice and freshness, with boldly exotic undertones, for the ultimate Fusion Cuisine. Join the conversation through Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter, and be sure to sign up for updates through our weekly newsletter.
List of Tropical Countries
The tropics is a region of the Earth by the Equator. It is limited in latitude by the Tropic of Cancer in the northern hemisphere at approximately 23°26′ (23.5°) N and the Tropic of Capricorn in the southern hemisphere at 23°26′ (23.5°) S.The tropics are also referred to as the tropical zone and the torrid zone.
Antigua and Barbuda
British Virgin Islands
Saint Kits and Nevis
Saint Martin (France)
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Cacaos Islands
United States Virgin Islands
Central African Republic
Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire)
Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
São tomé and Principe