Food plays an important role in Caribbean culture, reflecting the vegetation and agriculture of the area. Caribbean food is colorful, spicy, bold, and flavorful. Its cuisine is more than just jerk chicken — which by the way, is a wonderful burn-your-mouth-spicy-in-a-good-way when prepared correctly.
Beyond jerk chicken, there’s a wonderful depth to the cuisine in this region. The infographic below features popular dishes from 17 Caribbean countries. Some dishes have unusual names, but read the ingredients to discover the source of their deliciousness.
For example, in Montserrat, local love a dish called “Goat Water.” Though this name elicits unappetizing thoughts of a drink made from goats, this is simply not the case. “Goat Water” is a goat stew made with goat meat, onion, tomato, breadfruit, and various vegetables and spices.
In Grenada, “Oil Down” sounds more like a car tune-up versus a meal. However, “Oil Down” is actually a hearty one-pot dish made with breadfruit, callaloo (leafy greens with onions, scallions, and thyme), salted meat with coconut milk and spices.
Learn more in the infographic below. Have you ever tried one of these popular dishes?
17 Caribbean National Dishes to Try
Source: Royal Westmoreland