Citizens, the Seychelles is a small island nation located in the Indian Ocean northeast of Madagascar and east of Kenya. Other nearby island countries and territories include Comoros, Mayotte, Madagascar, Réunion and Mauritius to the south.
Seychelles, with a population of 90,024, has the smallest population of any independent African state. An island nation made up of an archipelago consisting of more than 116 islands, the granitic islands are considered to be the oldest and hardest granite in the world. The majority of the islands are uninhabited, with many dedicated as nature reserves.
Pirates used to use the islands of Seychelles as a hideout. It is believed that Olivier Le Vasseur, an infamous pirate, had a treasure worth 100,000 euros that remains undiscovered to this day.
Victoria, the capital city of Seychelles, is the smallest capital in the world.
Ian Fleming, the author of the James Bond novels, named his character Milton Krest after a tonic and ginger beer that he tried while vacationing in the Seychelles.
This country was uninhabited until the latter part of the 18th century, when its first settlers arrived.
Almost half of the country is occupied by national parks and reserves, supporting the government’s various environment and ecosystems protection and conservation policies.
Seychelles is home to the female Coco de Mer, which is the world’s heaviest nut.
The country, specifically Bird Island, is also home to the heaviest land tortoise living in the wild. Named Esmeralda, the animal weighs 670 pounds.
Round Island used to be a leper colony – a prison still remains up to this day.
Seychellois cuisine is an alluring fusion of flavors from Africa, France, China, India, and England. Most Seychellois cooking is based on seafood and chiles. Since there is very little local transport of goods, ingredients are super fresh and often directly from a garden or fishing boat.
Staple foods of the Seychelles include fish, seafood and shellfish dishes, often accompanied with rice. Fish dishes are cooked in several ways, such as steamed, grilled, wrapped in banana leaves, baked, salted and smoked. Curry dishes with rice are also a significant aspect of the country’s cuisine.
Additional food staples include coconut, breadfruit, mangoes and kordonnyen fish. Dishes are often garnished with fresh flowers.
Chicken dishes, such as chicken curry and coconut milk
Fresh tropical fruit
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