FREE shipping on ALL orders above $50

The Finest Caribbean Foods Since 1982

Jamaica: A Cultural Tapestry

GetImageFromDB (10)

Jamaica has several cultural contributions to world. From the distinct sounds of Reggae to unique flavors of Jamaican cuisine, many consider Jamaica to be a culturally rich country. In terms of cultural contributions, Jamaica has made many to the world. Take for instance Reggae music. Reggae is distinctly Jamaican, yet it is appreciated by all. It’s a style of music that is often duplicated, but never replicated quite the same. Jamaican food is also universal and is an important aspect of Jamaican culture.

Some might say this is attributed to the fact that Jamaica is a giant melting pot of culture. Its residents come from all over the world and bring with them the cooking techniques, flavors, spices and recipes of their homelands and weave them into the rich cultural tapestry of Jamaica. Many of these recipes were often modified to incorporate local produce. Others are unique to Jamaica and originated locally. The influence Jamaica has had on its residents, and the world, is undeniable and the end result is the most delicious and mouth-watering cuisine in the Caribbean. The Spanish were the first European to arrive to Jamaica. They brought with them dishes such as the escovitched fish (Spanish escabeche) which is fried fish with vegetables marinated in vinegar, onions and spices. This dish is influenced by the Jewish population in Spain. African cuisine developed on the island as a result of slavery being introduced by the British colonist. Dishes such as Ackee and Salt Fish and Jerk can trace their roots back to slavery. Chinese and East Indian influences can also be found in Jamaican cuisine. Indentured laborers who replaced slaves after emancipation brought their own culinary skills to Jamaica. Cantonese and Hakka influences helped developed what is now known today as the Jamaican Patty and East Indian influences helped in the development of dishes such as curry goat and other varieties of curry dishes.

Food plays a central role in family life and traditions of Jamaicans. Many Jamaicans spend days preparing menu choices for family gatherings, festivals, and holidays. The best way to describe Jamaican cuisine is like a cultural quilt. Each “patch” or dish represents the particular influence Jamaica has had on a culture. Each dish tells a story of the rich history of Jamaica. Some dishes are born out of creativity, while others were made out of necessity. Whatever the reason, there is no denying the impact Jamaica has had on the culinary world.

Search Lifestyle:

There are no products at the moment!
Connect with us
Sign up to receive special offers and deals

Social Media

Copyright © 2024, Kingston-Miami Trading Co.

Powered by Netrostar.