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Costa Ricans enjoy a lot of meat, mostly beef, chicken and pork. Eating fish is considered a luxury although fish marinated in lemon juice and spices is a cheap delicacy. Vegetables and fruits are also popular and cheap. Imported apples and grapes are considered a special treat. Costa Rica is known as the beef country, one of the tropical nations that have converted much of its rainforest land to pastures for raising beef cattle. In general, steaks are cut and served thinner here than in the United States or Europe. One very typical local dish is called olla de carne, a bowl of beef broth with large chunks of meat, local tubers, and corn. Spit-roasted chicken is also very popular here and is surprisingly tender. The meat dishes in the cuisine of Costa Rica are easy to make and extremely delicious.This category currently contains no pages or media.