The island of Jamaica is known world wide for being one of the most exotic vacation destinations for its beaches, balmy weather, reggae music, rich coffees and rums, exotic fruits and beautiful and cheerful people. But you have not truly experienced Jamaica until you have tasted the delicious food on the awesome island.
I have to say at this point that to me it seems that the fruit that is on the island taste sweeter than anywhere else you may taste it. Must be the vibes on the island.
Ackee and Saltfish – which is the island’s breakfast dish took me by surprise. Ackee looks, cooks and taste like scambled eggs (and that is what I thought I was about to eat the first time I tried them).
When Ackee is cooked it is very fluffy and creamy and it takes on the flavors of whatever it is cooked with but saltfish is the favorite way to eat it in the morning for breakfast. It is usually cooked with onions, tomatoes, sweet, hot and black peppers along with the wonderful spices and herbs from the island.
Curry goat is a dish you will fin don almost every menu for lunch and dinner on the island of Jamaica. You can not get more Jamaican than curry goat. It is usually served with vegetables, rice and peas and festival.
Festival is a bread that frequently served with Jerk, but I personally love it eat it with almost any Jamaican lunch or dinner meal and it simialr to hush puppies( just a little sweeter).
Since fishing is such a major way of life on the island of Jamaica, it is no wonder that items like shrimp (my all time favorite food) are so plentiful and tasty. You can get it fried, grilled and so many different ways while you are on the island. Truly a great treat.
Another staple for the island of Jamaica is Oxtails and Rice and Peas.
Oxtails is a love them or leave them dish and I happen to be one who loves them since I tried them for the first time while on the island of Jamaica. Oxtails are usually served with a delicious rich and hearty stew filled with vegetables. This is one dish I would say not to miss.
Rice and Peas is found on every lunch and dinner plate in Jamaica, (I’ve even had it for breakfast!) and it is sometimes nicknamed the Coat of Arms. It features rice and either peas or beans that are cooked in coconut milk and spices (in Jamaica the preferred “pea” is the red kidney bean).
This is just a very small sampling of the wonderful and tasty dishes you can get while on vacation in Jamaica. Come enjoy some of the Best cuisine in the Caribeean by far.