Traditional Cuban food is a blend of different influences from around the world and, like the people itself, it is a rich mixture of cultural backgrounds. Cuban cuisine has been influenced by African, Spanish, Caribbean, Chinese and Arab cultures, receiving the name of criolla food. Throughout centuries, all of them have introduced spices like garlic, cumin, oregano and bay leaf. Common ingredients are meat, rice, tubers, fresh vegetables and spices. According to studies, the main Cuban dishes have become part of classic Cuban food because they have passed from one generation to another and they have remained in the Cuban menu despite the economic difficulties. Here is a list of authentic Cuban dishes you have to try.