Jamaican foods consists of fiery jerk chicken to pork to inventive seafood served together with rice and peas, festivals, steamed vegetables and salads. Jamaica's cuisine is varied and delicious.
This page is devoted to offering you the best selection of food from Jamaica such as our national meal of ackee and saltfish to our deliciously spicy and hot jerk chicken.
The Arawaks introduced the island to callaloo, cassava, corn, sweet potatoes and many of tropical fruits that are grown locally.
Then of course you have the Spanish influence, foods from the African slaves homeland, the Indian with their spicy curry, with Chinese and European. Also contributing to some of the aromatic smells and appetizing aroma that is in every household and wafting through the countryside.
Throughout Jamaica there is a wide variety of eating options from the resorts, as well as cosmopolitan Kingston, where you'll find elegant seafood places, Italian, Indian, Japanese and Mediterranean cuisine.
But you should not miss out on breaking your long journey from the airport to your hotel, or venturing out on a Friday or Saturday to sample some real Jamaican foods at one of the many roadside eaters.
At these specialist jerk centers, scattered all over Jamaica, you'll find fish tea, steam fish, conch or pepper-pot soup, roast fish, breadfruit, yams, jerk chicken and pork, also included are vegetables, plantains along with festival.
Festival is a delicious light sweet fried dumpling mostly made from cornmeal.
Though Jamaica produces an array of fresh produce, vegetarians are mostly catered to at Rastafarian Ital restaurants where meals are exclusively meat free. There mainstays include ackee and vegetables stewed served with rice and peas, tofu, gluten and soya are cooked up in various forms as alternative sources of protein. There foods are tasty, and cooked with fresh herbs.
These authentic dishes offer an unique experience into how our meals are prepared and then cooked. I am not a nutritionist but I have created some healthy food recipes that are not high in fats, sugar or salt, and can be a little spicy.
sampling our jerk chicken and also when you are driving through the
island the aroma that makes you hungry also comes from our hot sauce that is quite mellow and flavorful.
Mixed in these recipes are loads of fresh vegetables and fruits. We seek out organic seasonal fruits and vegetables that are mostly locally grown and can be combined with any recipes.
For the best food balance choose vegetables throughout the color spectrum of red, green, orange and yellow to get the best range of nutrients.
Come let your taste buds run free and sample some of the best foods this country has to offer.
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