Jamaican cuisine is a reflection of the island’s culture – colourful, varied, fruity and relaxed. It has been taken techniques and ingredients from West Africa, England, Spain, India and China to create a distinctive national style. People like to eat well and leisurely ( sin prisas)– and enjoy big portions. You can eat fried red snapper,(pargo colorado -un pez rojo-) lamb patties, goat (cabra ) curry with mountains of rice, and drink tropical fruit juice with local rum. Be prepared for an incredible culinary experience!
Ackee and Saltfish (pescado salado) for Breakfast
Jerk Pork and Chicken
Jerk is probably the best known style of Jamaican cooking and definitely one of the tastiest. It is a dry seasoning (aliño) mixture rubbed (frotado) directly into pork, chicken or fish. You can also combine it with water to create a marinade. It is made with a variety of spices, including allspice,(pimienta de jamaica ) which gives it its distinctive flavour, cloves ,(clavo ) garlic, onion, ginger and thyme.(tomillo) Every cook uses his or her own combination, which have been in the family for generations. Ensure ( asegurate ) you have a glass of cold beer nearby, because it is one of the hottest dishes you will probably ever try!
Rice and “Peas” on the Side (para acompañar)
And what do the locals eat with their pork or chicken jerk and most of their other meals? They usually have a combination of rice and red kidney beans,(frijoles ) which they call “peas”. These are also cooked with various spices. Lots of boiled yams ( batata ) and sweet potatoes are also responsible for the large waistlines (cintura ) of many Jamaican women!
Red Stripe and Rum
The most popular and famous beer in Jamaica and the brand (marca ) that Jamaicans are proud of is Red Stripe. It has the nickname (apodo) “the policeman” . Locals also like stout.(cerveza negra ) They drink Guinness and local brands like Dragon Stout. Because of the island’s history as a producer of sugar, it is no surprise that it produces excellent rums, including Appleton and Myers. Local men prefer to drink it neat,(solo) but it is also delicious combined with some of the tropical fruit juices to make cocktails. After a hard day on the beach, you will definitely deserve one!