West African and Asian Food Influences in Jamaica

Have you ever wondered how a certain food came about?  How did it make its migration to a certain place? Pizza had to come from somewhere and french fries-are they really from France?

When the African slave trade began in Jamaica in the early 1600’s, some of the foods that the West Africans introduced included plantains, callaloo (looks and tastes like spinach), breadfruit and ackee (tree fruit). Sometime around the 1800’s, after the abolishment of slavery, the Chinese and Indians were brought to the island as indentured laborers and in turn brought their culinary influences like curries and bok choy.

Last night I prepared two very different tasting dishes: Shrimp Florentine and Orange and Honey Chicken  from the cookbook The Real Taste of Jamaica by Enid Donaldson and a link to the exact recipe I found online:

 http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20020912/cook/cook1.html

I hope you will enjoy this as much as we did. By the way, French Fries do not come from France, but close to-Belgium. Check it out for yourself.



One Comment Add yours

  1. Wow, really nice! Jamaica is so beautiful. I just wrote an article about my trip there and all my recommendations of what to do and see. Check it out:

    http://caseykurlander.wordpress.com/2012/07/10/if-youre-going-to-jamaica/

    Thanks!
    Casey

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