Painted snails, cocoa and vegan pioneers: Exploring Baracoa, the real old Cuba

painted snails cocoa and vegan pioneers exploring baracoa the real old cuba

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  • When the island contracted following a severe economic shock caused by the fall of the Soviet Union and its cash lifelines, its cows, starved of grain, perished in their thousands.
  • “Oro azul is 50 times sweeter than sugar cane,” he tells me, talking up the white petalled herb lippia dulcis.
  • My lunch is cassava bread, rice infused with guava fruit, and bacán perdido (lost bacán) – green banana tamales defrocked of their customary banana leaf wrapper.
  • Snail shells, no larger than a tuppence, and arguably the world’s most colourful, in whorls of yellow, red, green and white are mounted in memoriam.

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