Jamaica has so much to offer, not only are there serene beaches, warm weather, and friendly locals, but the local delicacies are something that you shouldn’t surpass!
Jamaican cooking uses lots of spices, the hotter the better! Jerk chicken is something they are most famous for often repeated over here in England, it is the culmination scotch bonnet peppers, cinnamon and nutmeg are dry-rubbed on meat which is then traditionally roasted, sometimes for hours, over pimento wood. Any meat can be jerked, but chicken is the favourite of the island and no wonder why when all chickens are fed on locally grown foods rather than imported grain, which results in a scrumptiously richer taste. When eating jerk chicken, don’t forget to order a side dish of hard-dough bread to experience the traditional meal.
You may have seen these in your local grocery store and may have been perplexed as to what their use is. However, the sweet and starchy fruit has to be cooked to be edible, but once cooked it’s a delicious side dish to any spicy Jamaican meal or enjoyed on its own as a gooey snack. Often fried, then topped with butter and salt and pepper, almost resembling a tropical sweet potato
Blue Mountain Coffee
If you’ve seen Blue Mountain coffee at your local coffee shop, then you will already be aware of how expensive it is, but what you may be unaware of it the reason why. Blue Mountain coffee beans are growing in the region are known to be amongst the best in the entire world. The beans are known to be extremely smooth, providing a non-bitter taste. Male sure you try a cup of Blue Mountain coffee, it will be unlike no other your taste buds have experienced before – start your day right!
Caribbean Fruit Flavours
Fruit is of an abundance on the island, but don’t expect dull apples and oranges! In Jamaica you’ll have the chance to sample exotic and unusual fruits, fresh from the tree, which you’d never find in England. From a ripe paw-paw, a sweetsop, a star apple or a guinep, and even you aren’t feeling that adventurous there are fruits your will have heard of; from titillating pineapples, luxurious tangerines and mangoes in every shape imaginable! Trust me when I say that even if you’re not normally a big fruit eater, you won’t be able to stop yourself from indulging in these sweet-smelling, ripened varieties.
After you are full from the delicious mains and sides on offer, don’t forget the desert speciality of rum! From white to dark, they love it all and will be happy to let you try them – just ask! With a large variety of fresh fruits and vegetables that grow all year round, Jamaica is ideal for healthy eaters. As you travel the island, here are some fruits and vegetables you might recognize:
Ackee: Their very own national fruit is not only a great source of natural protein, but is truthfully delicious. It is essential to wait until the pod has opened before eating it, otherwise the results aren’t fully satisfying.
Breadfruit: One of the most versatile and delicious fruits around, the unusual breadfruit does actually taste of bread – try roasting or boiling it and you’ll enjoy a potato-like consistency!
Cho Cho (Chayote): It’s not a typical fruit, the pear shaped fruitlet is best enjoyed cooked in savoury dishes, like soups and stews.
Ortanique: A cross between a tangerine and orange, the ortanique is a seedless and their juices can be enjoyed straight from the tree or in salads and juices. It’s very distinct rare flavour can only be enjoyed between February and April.
If you’re planning on spending some time on the island of Jamaica, be sure and try as many of these specialities you can. It won’t be a chore, but an exciting culinary adventure. From the scorching spices to the salacious tropical fruits, your tongue won’t know what’s hit it! Wherever you are travelling from in the east of England, whether it’s Cambridge, Milton Keynes or Luton, make sure you have your airport transfers from Peterborough organised.