Jamaican Cuisine And Jamaican Recipes
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Jamaican Cuisine and Jamaican Recipes

Jamaican cuisine and recipes are an important part of the Jamaican culture, heritage, economy and livelihood of the Jamaican people. The country’s Jamaican cuisine is so diverse across the 14 parishes that make up the country it is almost astounding to understand how this happens. To find out how, one must look into the Jamaican heritage and the Jamaican culture of the people that reside in each parish and how they have contributed to the heritage of Jamaican cuisine. Each parish has almost its own style of cooking, this due to specific availability of Jamaican food types that are in abundance in one location and how each parish decided to find different ways of preparing their staple Jamaican food.

Jamaican heritage is possibly the biggest influence on Jamaican cuisine and recipes. As diverse is the ethnicity of Jamaica so is its culture and by extension its Jamaican cuisine. Jamaican recipes that have been passed down through the years have been a mixture of the Jamaican cuisine from all these ethnic groups coupled with the indigenous Jamaican herbs and Jamaican spices along with a few brought to Jamaica by the settlers. The Arawak Indians, the Spanish conquistadores, the French settlers and British plantation overlords who inhabited and governed the islands to throughout the 15th to 19th centuries to the predominantly African, Indian and Chinese freed slaves and indentured laborers who now make up over 90% of the current population are all part of Jamaica’s rich heritage and Jamaican cuisine.

Using special cooking techniques and mixing of Jamaican spices, some used more by Indians, some more by French and so on has contributed to what we know as the unique Jamaican cuisine or cooking style. If we are to focus we would mainly on the contribution of the African slaves brought to Jamaica to work on slave plantations to the Jamaican cuisine. The fact is that no one ethnic group contributed more than the other, as dominant was the African race of slaves on the island was as dominant the lifestyle of the colonists on these individuals that can be seen in almost every authentic Jamaican recipe.

Jamaican demographics have also a lot to do with Jamaican cuisine and recipes and their importance to the Jamaican people. Most parishes in Jamaica have a staple crop or Jamaican food type that is grown in abundance than others. In St. Mary bananas are grown more than any other parish, in Clarendon Rocky point has the largest catch every year of fish, St. Catherine has the most poultry farms on the island. Due to the fact that these Jamaican food types are in abundance in these locations then that has determined why these locations will have many different and unique methods of preparing authentic Jamaican recipes using these Jamaican food types.

These different recipes are important to Jamaican people as they have developed great ways of preparing these recipes. Island Oven has amassed over 500 ways to prepare poultry and chicken recipes across Jamaica. Some recipes are more popular than others and we guarantee that there are some recipes that you would never have heard of. Now these recipes are coupled with seasonings that are also grown in abundance in nearby or even in that very same parish.

Parishes such as Clarendon that grow an unusually amount of escallion and garlic have one of the most delicious Jamaican roasted fish recipes titled Rocky Point Roast Fish Recipe. This recipe uses shredded escallion and garlic stuffed in the fish and then roasted over a barbeque grill. This recipe is revered among the hundreds of fish recipes and shows first hand how blends of staple Jamaican foods are used by the Jamaican cuisine by the Jamaican people.

Jamaican cuisine does affect the Jamaican cuisine invariably. One of the major concerns is how Jamaican food and agriculture affect the economy of Jamaica and the livelihood of Jamaican people. Jamaica’s crisis is actually predicated on a lack of foreign exchange income. This is being bolstered by the tourism sector. Every major hotel or resort prides itself on being able to serve authentic and great tasting Jamaican cuisine. These recipes are an important and strong part of the success of the Jamaican tourism product. The Jamaican cuisine employs almost 200,000 people island-wide. There are over 10,000 Jamaican restaurants along in Kingston, St. Andrew and St. Catherine, in addition to all the workers in these Jamaican restaurants the use of Jamaican staple products in all these Jamaican restaurants also adds to the employment levels of all the self-employed farmers that exist. This speaks to the grave importance of the Jamaican cuisine to the Jamaican people.

So let’s review:

ü        Jamaica cuisine is a direct derivative of the Jamaican culture, its heritage and plays an important role in the Jamaican economy.

ü        Every parish in Jamaica has at least one staple crop or Jamaican food type grown or reared more than another Jamaican food type.

ü        As diverse is the Jamaican ethnicity so is the Jamaican culture and by extension the Jamaican cuisine.

ü        Get Jamaica.Com has an entire Jamaican food Glossary that looks of almost every Jamaican food type grown or reared in Jamaica.

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