Finca Agroecologica el Paraiso

Finca Agroecologica el Paraiso, located in Pinar del Rio, is a pretty special place.  An organic farm and paladar, it is an interesting take on entrepreneurship.  In the next coming weeks I will have a full look at their story but for now I want to introduce you to their very rustic kitchen.  No electricity.  No running water.  Keep in mind this is Cuba where the heat and humidity are unforgiving.  Meats are butchered under the sun and the stoves are fueled by charcoal.  If you have ever wondered why Cubans - as with many other Caribbean cultures - prefer their meats well-done, just remember that fully cooked meats offer protection from bacteria that thrive in these settings.

Despite marveling at how this self-sufficient paladar (they grow all their own produce and raise their own animals) is able to execute so many meals in this very primitive kitchen, it was the vast array of vegetables they were growing and serving that really astounded me.  As I will detail in #CubaCooks, Cubans have always had a love/hate relationship with their veggies, but this farm is trying to buck the trend.

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