The Tainos, the ancient people of Jamaica, preserved meat by mixing peppers, allspice and sea salt, a condiment now known as Jamaican jerk spice. Along with influences from British colonists, African immigrants and others, jerk is one of the focal points of modern Jamaican cuisine.
Island Paradise, Culinary Heaven
Jamaicans love a good meal, and good meals are here to be had. Primary ingredients of the island's diet are fish, chicken, vegetables, exotic fruit, and pepper-based spices, either light or flame-throwing. The diet is truly Jamaican these days, with traces of African and post-British colonial influence mixed throughout.
Research for the Jamaica section provided by Moon Publications. Content from the Jamaica Handbook used with permission.
- Eating Out
- Jamaican Jerk
- Market Fruits and Vegetables
- Tea, Beer and Liqueurs
- Menu Guide
- Recipe: Curried Coconut Shrimp with Sweet Potato Fries
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