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Delectable food from Jamaica
by Wellesley Gayle

You haven't really savour your taste buds if you haven't had some Jamaican food - seriously :-)

Jamaican Food: Ackee and Saltfish Dish Food from Jamaica: Jamaican Jerk Chicken

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I can speak authoritatively on Jamaican food since, not only do I eat it, I also prepare a few of the dishes myself :-) Thanks to my belated grandmother "Mammy" - an expert chef, mother and disciplinarian.

Our food is truly a celebration of the diverse cultures we boast- but with a touch of novelty and innovation. 

The Arawaks [or Tainos]- the island's earliest recorded inhabitants, contributed the famous 'Jerk' idea.

I learnt also that it was the English- who captured the island from the Spanish, that brought the concept of patties to the island. Today, Jamaican Patties are now a world favourite!

The Indian influence is dominant in our curry dishes. Today, we not only have curry meats, but curried vegetables and fruits!

The annual Westmoreland Curry Festival provides a wide array of appealing curry dishes. Incidentally, my former high school- Manning's High, provides the venue.

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Some of the popular Jamaican dishes we feature include...

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  • 'The National Dish': [Ackee and Saltfish] I have not yet met a fellow Jamaican who does not relish this dish. This is usually served with roasted breadfruit or boiled bananas. It is a Sunday morning breakfast favorite!

  • Curried Chicken Curried chicken and dumpling is one of my personal favourite!

  • Curried Goat:...is not not only popular but a delicacy as well.

  • Oxtail Stew:
  • Manish Water: Also known as 'power water' and 'goat belly soup'. This is a must at funerals or indeed any large gathering, including traditional dance parties.

  • Stewed Peas

  • Brown Stew Chicken

  • Mackerel Run Dung: Another breakfast favourite.

  • The Jerk Dishes-Jerk Chicken, Jerk Fish, Jerk Pork, etc.

    One of the 'brand' food from Jamaica, Jerk dishes can be had at any of the top hotels we have and even on the roadside -if you prefer that, courtesy of the 'Drum Pan' chefs.

    Jamaican Jerk is an international favourite. Of course by now you know that it is pimento, aka Jamaican allspice, that is the core ingredient in our jerk preparations.

  • Rice & Peas & Chicken:Yes, that's actually the name of the dish! It is possibly the most popular dish here.

  • Patties:Now famous the world over! And hey, I now owe my US based co-worker Rukhsana, over 100 patties! Whenever I ask her for a favour she usually says, 'that's another Jamaican patty'. (More on Jamaican meat patties here)

  • Festivals:I love them unending! Festivals are usually served with our Jerk meats.

  • Porridge (Cornmeal, Oats, Peanut etc)
  • Fried Plantains
  • Fish & Bammy
  • Gungo Peas Soup &
  • Steamed Fish
  • Escoveitched Fish

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Jamaican Food: Ackee and Saltfish Dish Food from Jamaica: Jamaican Fried Bammy
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..and what's for dessert?

There is:

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..and the Drinks/Juices?

I can easily recollect:

And of course, Jamaican winesJamaican Rums, including, Appleton.

...all Jamaican style

Learn more about drinks on my Jamaican Drinks page and feel free to try some of the the Jamaican drink recipes.

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..and the Succulent Fruits?

In addition, to the popular Soursop and Coconut, there are:

  • Naseberry:My family has loads of trees around the old family house in the country.
  • Jackfruit
  • June Plum
  • Mangoes:Of all kinds, names, shapes and sizes. My least favourite- the 'stringy', but overall they are sumptuous!
  • Jamaican Apple
  • Custard Apple
  • Sugar Cane. not sure about the classification, but there you go)
  • Avocado Pear
  • Guava and
  • Guinep
  • Star Apple: Despite the stain it can emanates, I can't get enough of it....really tasty!
  • and more.
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