What is the National Dish of Jamaica?

by Joyce
(Somewhere in the Universe.)

Jamaican Ackee and Salfish

Jamaican Ackee and Salfish

So is ackee and saltfish really the national dish of Jamaica? I was a bit puzzled why Joyce would have asked this question, but then I figured where the confusion might have started from.

The answer is a resounding YES though, but I've delved into the matter a bit more for clarification, for her as well as you.

Here's her question...


Hello Wellesley: I would like to know what is the National Dish of Jamaica. I have always heard that it is Ackee and Salt Fish served with Rice and Peas.

Although a lot of Jamaicans always say the National Dish is just Ackee and Salt Fish. Which never make any sense to me, because the National Dish has to be a complete meal.

I have heard that the Jamaican High Commissioner in Ottawa, Canada, (Mrs. Janice Miller) is telling people that Jamaica does not have a National Dish.

Could you please clear this up for me?

Thank you very much.

Joyce



ANSWER: by Wellesley

Hi Joyce,
Interesting question, thanks for asking!

The national dish of Jamaica is indeed ackee and saltfish.

Yes, it is not one of the six (6) designated national symbols of Jamaica but, according to the National Library of Jamaica, a response I got in writing, it is indeed the official national dish of Jamaica.

I also quizzed a notable historian here and she confirmed same. She also indicated that it is also gazetted in Jamaica as the national dish.

And yes, it is not ackee and saltfish with rice and peas, it is just ackee and saltfish.

And yes again, it (ackee and saltfish) is a complete meal - but we always exercise the option to add other 'sides' as we see fit. Roasted breadfruit is my favourite with it.

The nutritionists will also confirm that the ackee and saltfish provide all the basic nutrients for a complete meal.

I hope this helps.

I must tell you


  1. Neither ackee nor saltfish is native to Jamaica nor the Caribbean.
  2. Ackee was actually brought to Jamaica purportedly on a slave ship from West Africa.
  3. It was later brought from Jamaica to Britain by Captain William Blythe, the same gentleman who brought breadfruit to Jamaica.
  4. The word 'Ackee' was derived from the original name 'Ankye', from the Twi language of Ghana.

By the way, if you have not already done, please be sure to read more about ackee in Jamaica here as well as get some of my free Jamaican recipes here.

Thanks again for asking. As usual, I welcome your comments.

Regards,
WG

P.S. We've answered HUNDREDS of questions, click here and here to get even more answers.

Comments for What is the National Dish of Jamaica?

Click here to add your own comments

Aug 22, 2019
Our national Dish
by: Anonymous

Hi Wellesley

I am indeed surprise to read the question that Joyce ask about our national dish. the question is a fair one, with which i really have no issue.

What surprises me in the question you posted is her comment about the Jamaican High Commissioner in Ottawa, Mrs. Janice Miller, stating that we don't have a national dish.

This is very shocking to me as I always thought that persons that are elevated to such positions are either natives of the country they represent or have strong national ties to that country.

So it is alarming to hear that this High Commissioner made such a statement.

In her defense, I hope Joyce is wrong, in that she misunderstood her response in some way.

Have a great day

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to JamaicaQuestions.

New! Talk To Me
Was the information helpful? Something needs changing? I welcome your feedback here.

Read More ...

Recommended For You ...

And, Before You Go!

Here (below) are some sweet deals on matching products at Amazon that you might have otherwise missed. 

Amazon.com, by the way, is the internet's most reputable retailer and usually showcases only the best products that are related to your search. Be sure to check them out.

Note: If link does not show, please click here to be redirected to our page at Amazon.com.


Great Articles You Might Have Missed

data-matched-content-rows-num="2" data-matched-content-columns-num="3"

Please help me get the message out by sharing this article with your friends on social media (links below). Thnx ;-)

Also connect with My-Island-Jamaica.com on Social Media: 
Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube

Thank You!

P.S. Didn't find exactly what you were looking for? Still need help?

Click Here to try our dependable and effective Site Search tool. It works!

Or, simply click here and here, to browse my library of over 500 questions and answers! Chances are someone already asked (and got an answer to) your question.


About The Author

wellesley gayle - booking link

A patriotic Jamaican who adores his culture, Wellesley has been using this medium to share what he calls 'the uniqueness of Jamaica with the world' since April 2007.  

To date, he serves over 9,300 unique readers / viewers per day.

His efforts have earned him featured positions in local publications, including the Jamaica Gleaner's Hospitality Jamaica, Carlong Publishers, as well as recognition from numerous prestigious international agencies and universities.

He invites you to join his friends list and stay updated on all the latest. You are also invited to join his exclusive patron community

copyscpe
Top Of Page
Wellesley Gayle

New Here?

I recommend you START HERE to enjoy the best of this website!


What's New?

Click Here to see the VERY latest articles and features.


Trending Now

Site Sponsors

jamaica_click_down_here_visit_our_sponsors

Our Preferred Sponsors  & Friends (below)

(Our Sponsorship Policy)

list your business here

Builders in Jamaica - Building Contractors
Recommended Building Contractors In Jamaica Photographers in Jamaica
Wedding Photographers
Cars For Sale In Jamaica
Cars For Sale

JamaicaSunshine Tours.com

Click Here to Visit Our Sponsors' Page

Top Articles

What's New?

Below is a list of the very latest articles I posted on the site.

Recent Articles

  1. Jamaican National Heroes Quiz -24 Fun Questions To Test Your Knowledge

    Oct 21, 19 10:45 AM

    So you know Jamaica's history, heroes and all huh? I'll put you to the test! Let's see how much you know about the Jamaican national heroes with this fun quiz.

    Read More

  2. Nanny Of The Maroons | National Hero | Indomitable, Resolute & Defiant

    Oct 21, 19 10:06 AM

    A maroon warrior & military tactician, she refused to bow to slavery and oppression and led the resistance to our now free Jamaica. She is nanny of the maroons.

    Read More

  3. The Pimento Tree /Allspice Plant Explored |The Secret Taste Of Jamaica

    Oct 19, 19 07:45 PM

    It's allspice berries are the most aromatic in the world! So what is special about this plant? Read on to learn more about this, the Jamaican pimento tree.

    Read More

  4. Norman Washington Manley| Jamaica's National Hero & Social Engineer

    Oct 18, 19 11:34 PM

    He might be father of the political movement, but his impact is much greater! Get to know this esteemed scholar and national hero, Norman Washington Manley.

    Read More

New!  I've created a Welcome Audio. Just click the Play button below to listen.

Please subscribe here to get my latest updates.