The cuisine of Maldives is a rich assortment of traditional cuisine and comprises three main components: tuna, coconut and rice. In the past, Maldivians depended on fish and coconuts, breadfruit, millet and tubers. Over time, foreigners influenced the cuisine of Maldives, as the country lay on an important path of ancient trade and travel. The cuisine of Maldives, with its foreign influences, is a distinctive blend with its own flavours, symbolizing a unique culinary identity. In addition to fish, coconuts and rice, local dishes are heavy on vegetables and spices. Maldivians use fresh ingredients in their cooking and follow their finest traditions to make a wide range of delicious dishes.