Jamaica is a beautiful Caribbean island that is located directly south of Cuba. It has become one of the number one tourist destinations due to the beautiful beaches, warm weather and wonderful hospitality. Guests on the island can enjoy swimming, rafting, shopping, and a number of other things.
The cuisine in Jamaica is filled with spices and light meals. Pork and chicken are the two proteins that are eaten the most. Fish is sometimes served, but chicken is the main protein included in most dishes. Jamaican’s drink more tea than any other island in the Caribbean, mostly due to the fact that the British tried to civilize the Island inhabitants. The habit caught on, and now tea is included in a meal at least once per day for most Jamaicans.
Jerk is a sauce that is used in a lot of different Jamaican dishes. It is used to marinate chicken, pork, or fish, and the meat is then often barbecued. Jerk sauce is made using allspice, bonnet peppers, cloves, scallions, thyme, cinnamon, garlic and nutmeg. The mixture of ingredients gives the meat a spicy, yet sweet, taste that is appealing to a wide variety of people. Jerk is often prepared in large amounts to be served to a crowd. Jamaican Jerk Chicken is served in a number of places throughout the world, and is often a very popular dish on the menu.
There are many times that tourists will see the words “Jamaican patty” and will not understand what the phrase means. A Jamaican patty is a pastry that is filled with spices and other fillings, such as chicken or shrimp. It is sometimes referred to as a turnover. Curried goat is another dish that is served frequently, as is ackee and saltfish. Ackee and saltfish is the national dish of Jamaica. It is created by sautéing a salted cod with onions, peppers and other herbs. Bacon is often served over the dish, along with tomato slices.
Tourists should definitely head to one of the sugar cane fields. There, they simply need to pick a piece, pull it apart a bit and suck on them. The taste is sweet and will give you enough energy to get your through many hours of walking or sight seeing. Other fruits and vegetables grow plentiful on the island. Grapes, however, do not, and are fairly expensive to purchase.