Tuesday, 15 April 2014


     Some people call me a phenomenal cook. For one I love to cook my own food and I am Jamaican. I have two cookbooks about breakfast and dinner. Having said, I am feeling obligated to write this article on Jamaica’s foods.

To talk about Jamaica’s food we need to go in history. Jamaica is an Island, which were colonized by the Spanish at one point and the British another. In between that, Blacks came to Jamaica by the voyage from Africa. In addition, the Chinese came to work. Over time, other nationals immigrated to Jamaica, while the Indians where here. Therefore, today we have many people for one Jamaica, leaving this small island with an influence to prepare and cook Jamaica’s food numerous ways.

     The making of Jamaica’s foods for what it is today, started when people socialized and intertwined cultures. This causes the sharing of cooking styles and methods. The statistic shows many people in the world, loves eating Jamaica’s foods. There are restaurants in many cities and towns throughout America, Canada, England, the Caribbean and other countries.

Jamaican food is unique to Jamaica, as Italian food is to Italy. The statistic shows, the following Jamaican people influenced and changed the world for the best. Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr. was a Jamaican political leader. He was a staunch proponent of the Black Nationalism and Pan-Africanism movements. He founded the Black Star Line, which promoted the return of the African to their ancestral lands.

     Bob Marley was a great reggae artist in the world. His music influences many to empowerment. Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell, Merlene Otty, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Shelly-Ann Fraser, Kerron Stewart are all brilliant athletes. I just named a few out of many brilliant Jamaicans. We have the fastest male sprinter and fastest female sprinter. The list goes on. It is in the food why Jamaicans have such great resilience.

     Jamaican food is unique to Jamaica, as Italian food is to Italy. Moreover, it is a fact; Jamaica’s soil produces food of the best quality. For example, Jamaica’s ginger root has 35% zingiberene, and 10% AR-curcumene from the dried rhizomes, which is about 2-3% ginger oil. Jamaica has quality food like green bananas, yam, pumpkin, plantains, sweet potatoes, etc. We have fruit trees like mango, ackee, jackfruit, tamborine, breadfruit, and guinep, to name a few. Jamaica’s scotch bonnet pepper and pimento seeds are rich spices, distributing throughout the world since trading started. 

These are the most popular Jamaican Food dinner meals Jamaicans are eating today.

These are the most popular Jamaican Food breakfast people are eating today.

Would you like to experience the taste of Jamaica? 
Do you want to know why Jamaicans are strong and resilient? 
If you thinking why not? Then consider starting with the food. 

     Try cooking curry chicken, it is easy to prepare and tastes delicious with boiled hard food like green bananas and yam. You can use rice. 

For this and more Jamaica’s food, with video recipes visit JAMAICANDINNERS WEBSITE.

     I would love to break down the history of Jamaica’s breakfast. Therefore, look for my next article on the topic.

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