What to bring back from Mauritius?


Mauritius is a distant exotic country, so there were plenty of attractions and questions about what to bring from Mauritius. What are my recommendations for the best gastronomic souvenirs from Mauritius?

Mauritian rum

Mauritian rum is famous all over the world. In a large suitcase in the airplane’s hold, you can bring a whole bottle, and in your carry-on luggage, you can also bring a tasting package of rum. This gift package of 5 bottles of rum from the Saint Aubin distillery with a content of 50 ml cost 750 MUR, i.e., approximately 15 EUR.

Mauritian rum Saint Aubin
Mauritian rum Saint Aubin

Mauritian spice mix for flavoring rum

The mix contains dried exotic fruits and spices. It is intended for flavoring traditional rum, but you can certainly macerate it in plum brandy or other unflavored spirits. The package cost 215 MUR, i.e., approximately 4.40 EUR.

Spice mix for flavoring rum
Spice mix for flavoring rum

Mauritian whole bean coffee

Since I brought my mocha pot from Italy, I can’t get enough of freshly ground coffee prepared by this method. Dodo Café is a Mauritian roastery, the beans are from Ethiopia, 100% arabica. The price is 300 MUR, i.e., approximately 6 EUR for 225 g.

Whole bean coffee
Whole bean coffee

Mauritian banana chips

However, don’t expect the sweet taste that dried bananas sold here have. Banana chips are something similar to potato chips, they are fried and prepared salty. The price for a 100 g package is 73 MUR, i.e., approximately 1.40 EUR.

Banana chips
Banana chips

Mauritian banana chips with chili

Chili is a popular spice in Mauritius, so spicy banana chips are also available. The price for a 40 g package is 37 MUR, which is approximately 0.80 EUR.

Banana chips with chili
Banana chips with chili

Peanuts from Mauritius

In 2020, Mauritius produced 350 tons of this delicacy. The peanut shell is colored with red dye. The price for a package is 40 MUR, which is approximately 0.80 EUR.

Peanuts from Mauritius
Peanuts from Mauritius

Mauritian ginger candies

I really like ginger, so ginger candies for the plane were an obvious choice. The package cost 50 MUR, which is approximately 1 EUR.

Ginger candies
Ginger candies

Mauritian spice mix for chicken biryani

Spice mix for chicken biryani cost 45 MUR, which is approximately 1 EUR.

Spice mix for chicken biryani
Spice mix for chicken biryani

Mauritian chicken spice mix

The mix contains coriander, cumin, garlic, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, pepper, anise, cardamom, nutmeg. The package cost 45 MUR, which is approximately 1 EUR.

Chicken spice mix
Chicken spice mix

Mauritian black tea with vanilla flavor

The island grows tea plants, which are processed in the famous Bois Cheri tea factory. These teas are often available as part of hotel breakfasts. The price for a package is 80 MUR, which is approximately 1.60 EUR.

Black tea with vanilla flavor
Black tea with vanilla flavor

Mauritian black tea with jasmine flavor

Again from the manufacturer Bois Cheri, which has been producing tea on the island since 1892. The package cost 90 MUR, which is about 1.80 EUR.

Black tea with jasmine flavor
Black tea with jasmine flavor

Mauritian moringa tea

Moringa is considered a super plant with many medicinal effects. The package cost 190 MUR, which is about 3.80 EUR.

Moringa tea
Moringa tea

Mauritian pickled eggplant

Eggplant, honey, onion, oil, and vinegar in one jar for 160 MUR, which is about 3.20 EUR.

Pickled eggplant
Pickled eggplant

All the products mentioned here were made in Mauritius, and I bought them in the Winners supermarket chain.

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