Jamaican Cuisine and the Real Tastes
The wonderful cuisine of Jamaica could have been unduly the most colorful, unique and spicy blend that you will ever taste in the Caribbean islands. The blending of the natural spices and herbs on this island is to some extent a reflection of the motto of Jamaica, which is "Out of Many, One People". The Jamaican people are a combination of ancestors from all over world and include inmates such as African, British, Spanish, East Indians, Chinese and South American. All of these cultures come together and they each welcomed specially cooking, spices, flavors which certainly blend with the crops of Jamaica.
When you examine the rich history of this island, you will see that the first inmates were the Tainos, believed to be from South America. But after the arrival of Christopher Columbus and his Spanish men, these people were extinguished because of hard work, poisoning and European disease. However, they left the legacy which is the popular style of cooking the jerk and bammy, just to name a few.
The Spaniards also influenced this colorful cuisine and they welcomed seasonings, particularly vineyard and hot peppers which are the main ingredient for the escovitech fish which is still popular today. When the British arrived in the 1600 they took control of the island and cultivated mostly sugar cane, most of the plantations could still be found on the island today. They influenced the popular patty that is loved by most Jamaicans, plus they welcomed the wines, menus, recipes, pudding and other sweet and savory.
When the East Indians and the Chinese immigrants take over from the slaves of West Africa, they bought with them the curry which is like a mainstay in the Jamaican cuisine today. You can enjoy this in a dish of curry chicken, curry goat, curry shrimp and other seafood. The Africans influenced the one pot meals like stews and soups, also for the asham, yam, ackee and guango peas.
Some additional foods which were contributed by the ancients with influences from overseas includes native fruit and vegetables, such as bananas, pineapples, mangoes, coconuts, sugar cane, cho-cho, breadfruits, callaloo. Some of the tropical fruits which are popular and considered more exotic include jackfruit, guineps, sweetsops, star apple and pawpaw.
This is certainly not everything, but just to give you an idea of some of the food items that were brought into the island. What is even more interesting, everything is used broadly today and in abundance, even when you are at the luxury resorts you will get a good serving authentic Jamaica food. It is possible for you indulge in fresh fruits, vegetables, rice and peas, jerk, stews and more
So, as you can see the history of Jamaica has a lot to do with the cuisine today and they all combine to create colorful and flavorful dishes. If you are eating the bammy and fried fish, jerk pork, jerk chicken, curry goat, roast breadfruit, ackee and salt fish, vegetables and fruits on your next visit, you know exactly where they are from. If it is possible, try to sample as much of the wonderful cuisine of Jamaica and do not forget to stop at popular spots such as Port Royal for a sumptuous fried fish meal with festivals or Boston Beach for the popular jerk pork.