Câmara Municipal do Funchal
Praça do Município
Contact Center CMF
291 211 000
(every day from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
Due to the cultivation of sugar cane and its consequent commercial exchanges between Europe, Africa and Asia in the 15th century, as well as the exploration of cultivated fields with new products, the Regional sweets became more diversified and somewhat exotic. Sugar, which was extremely abundant, and of very good quality in the region, was denominated in 15th-century writings as “White Gold” and was a source of wealth for the island between the 15th and 16th centuries.
Due to the region’s climate a variety of fruits are produced, such as Surinam cherry, cherimoya, avocado, passion fruit, and bananas among others. These fruits are often used to make delicious puddings, cakes, liqueurs, and ice creams.
Regional sweets include honey cake, cheesecake, honey cornbread and passion fruit pudding.