You Shouldn't Leave Jamaica Without Trying these Foods

I spoke with one of my bestie who was born in Jamaica and ask her what are the must have foods to try while I am there.


Jerk Pork

You can get your jerk pork rib tip or slab style in the streets of Montego Bay. It's juicy and literally falls of the bone. If you do not eat pork, you can opt for jerk chicken.


Photo credits: Caribbean Pot


Jamaican Rum Punch

This alcoholic drink is typically made with Jamaican strawberry syrup and another favorite, Jamaican Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum or Appleton Rum.




Festive

Festive is a similar to a hush puppy and is usually eaten with jerked meat to lessen the spiciness of the the jerk.


Jamaican Festive


Oxtails

Jamaicans have made the dish popular. The meat is seasoned with local herbs and spices, fried, then cooked to perfection in a pressure cooker. This fulfilling dish can be found at almost every Jamaican restaurant.





Fruits from the Island

All kinds of fruits are grown in Jamaica from mangoes, jack fruit, and pineapples. All over Montego Bay there are people who sell sliced fruit and fresh fruit smoothies. Also get your hands on some fresh coconut water. Trust me, you won't be disappointed.

If you want to learn how to eat a mango Jamaican style, watch the video below




Ackee and Saltfish

The ackee fruit was imported to the Caribbean from Ghana before 1725 by African slaves. Ackee and saltfish (cod) is the national dish of Jamaica that is traditionally served as a breakfast meal on Saturday and/or Sunday, or on special occasions.



Grape Nut Ice Cream

Grape Nut Ice Cream is a Jamaican fave. It is typically made with vanilla base with Grape Nut cereal mixed inside until its soft. Some restaurants will pour rum on top of it for add flavor.



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