Caribbean food culture combines the style of Dutch, American Indian, African, French, Chinese East Indian, Spanish, and Indian cuisines. These food cultures were introduced by earlier migrants. Over the years various migrant populations have developed their unique food styles that largely represent the regional food culture.
Caribbean’s are fond of rice and they prepare various dishes using it. A rice preparation is incomplete without a tasty accompaniment. Generally various types of sauces and beans are savored along with the rice. Although rice is a staple diet of the island, still the method of preparation varies from region to another. Peas, beans and coconut are usually used for seasoning the rice. The yellow and brown colored rice is mainly used as the side dish.
Caribbean cuisine can boast of large number of succulent and tasty meat preparations. Goat meat is savored throughout the island with much fancy and love. French Caribbean, Jamaican, Guadeloupean, and Haitian populations enjoy goat meats. Caribbean goat meat stew has been accorded the title of National dish of Montserrat. This tomato based goat meat stew is also the signature dish of St. Kitts and Nevis. Other than goat meat, breadfruit, green pawpaw or pappaya, and dumplings (droppers) are the other substances used in the preparation of the stew. Similarly Callaloo is a famous green dish which is savored and favored throughout the Caribbean islands. Vegetables like okra and other greens are used in the preparation of the dish. Anglophone Caribbean, or Cook-Up or Pelau is another popular meat dish which is enjoyed throughout the Caribbean Islands. The fleshy ingredients like beef, pigeon peas, chicken, saltfish, or vegetables are used in preparation of the dish. Other than that goat curry and chicken is popular throughout the Anglophone Caribbean islands.
Caribbean’s are fond of sharp and spicy flavors and most of the dishes are tilted towards either of these flavors. Caribbean’s largely use the left over meats to prepare several dishes and they spike it with sharp spices to make them tasty and appeasing. Caribbean’s use allspice, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and lime to flavorise their food preparations.
Caribbean’s are also fond of seafood and various dishes are prepared using shark, lobster and conch. A fried shark sandwich is served throughout Trinidad and Tobago, other than that cascadura fish and crab preparations are also famous throughout the island. Similarly conch preparation is savored throughout Haiti, Bahamas and Belize. Deep fried fritters is considered to be the signature dish of these islands.. The batter for the fritter is prepared by combining minced meat, dough and seasonings.
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