Cassava or yucca is another one of those Caribbean super foods. It is a starchy gluten free root vegetable whose popularity is credited to the Portuguese and Taino Indians for its presence in the Caribbean, South America, Central America and Africa. Gluten-free starch is used in special food preparations for celiac disease patients, making this root vegetable a real ‘super food.’ Historical information also shows that Taino groups in islands such as Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and Jamaica, relied heavily on root crops, such as yucca.
Caribbean-Owned Franchise a Hit During Penn Relay Carnival. Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill, among the fastest growing privately-owned food franchises in the U.S. known for its signature golden crust patties and other Caribbean culinary delights, was a hit during the 122ndstaging of the Penn Relays Carnival at Franklin Field in Philadelphia. Fans of all backgrounds turned out in record numbers to witness the intense rivalry among the over 50 Jamaican high schools and college teams that participated this year and could not get enough of the Golden Krust Jamaican patties, pastries and popular jerk chicken which were on offer.
I love plantains! They offer so much potential in meal planning and are very easy to prepare. They add bulk and add a satisfying taste to meals. Plantains also known as Plantanos are, ubiquitous throughout the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and Central America. It is used as staple food item and is very versatile and nutritious, making it another Caribbean super food. Plantains can be delicious once cooked and usually served in main dishes as the chief carbohydrate source in many parts of the tropical regions. Plantains make delicious savory recipes, used in place of potatoes – grilled, mashed, baked, or fried.
The coconut has undoubtedly become one of the Caribbean’s super food. The ‘super nut’ found in coconut is used in Caribbean cuisines and across the world. The coconut tree is a member of the family Arecaceae. It is the only accepted species in the genus Cocos. The term coconut can refer to the entire coconut palm, the seed, or the fruit, which, botanically, is a drupe, not a nut.
One pot meals are the go-to meals for Caribbean nationals the world over. They are usually quick meals that are hearty, delicious and nutritious.And yes, they are also comfort foods! Some examples of one pot meals that are prepared in the Caribbean are:
Caribbean nationals including Caribbean chefs and cooks in the Diaspora are experts at making quick nutritious and delicious meals. This is one of my specialties. Quick meals should take 20-40 minutes to cook. Longer methods of cooking are for Sundays, special occasions and holidays. Quick meals are the way to go Mondays through Fridays. Making quick nutritious and delicious meals helps to allow longer face time with family members and to catch on reading, listening to music and conversing with friends.
Getting an invitation to attend a Caribbean breakfast or brunch is the invitation to a special experience. Caribbean breakfast foods are special because they are meals that are also served at lunch and dinner. They are large meals that contain all the major food groups complimented with fresh herbs and spices and medley of several tropical fruits. To ask a Caribbean national in the region or in the diaspora what is their favourite breakfast or brunch dish is to get a list of starches, fish, meats, vegetables, beverages and fruits. The responses will vary from island to island.
Chances are you more likely have had Patrón Spirits, including their Tequila and Ultimat Vodka, than Pyrat Rum. Yet, the very sexy bottled Pyrat Rum XO Reserve is owned by Patrón Spirits, the company created in 1989 by John Paul DeJoria and Martin Crowley, but made in the Caribbean. When Pyrat was first launched in 1997, it was produced by the Anguilla Rums Company. But recently, production moved to the South American nation of Guyana – specifically the Diamond Bottling Plant owned by Demerara Distillers Ltd. (DDL).
Getting an invitation to attend a Caribbean breakfast or brunch is the invitation to a special experience! Caribbean breakfast foods are very special because they are meals that are also served at lunch and dinner. They are large meals that contain all the major food groups complimented with fresh herbs and spices and medley of several tropical fruits.
Recipe By: My Beautiful Belize Visitor Guide.. Ingredients:
As Easter Sunday approaches, Caribbean chefs and cooks are actively planning their Easter Dinner menus. They, as usual, will buy the freshest ingredients for their dishes. Their families and guests must be treated to the best foods as it’s a time to share with both family and friends so a feast will be set so that everyone will be fed so a good time can be had by all.
The World’s Best Rums for 2016 were recently announced and shockingly no Caribbean rum made the winners’ list. The best rum for 2016, just announced last week by The 2016 World Rum Awards, went to an Australian company you may not have heard of. Bundaberg Rum Master Distillers’ Collection – Blenders Edition 2015 was named “World’s Best Rum 2016.” It is produced by the Bundaberg Distilling Company and has a “polished oak notes, rich fruit cake and treacle aromas.”
Who does not love cornmeal, the secret super food? Cornmeal, like rice, is the ubiquitous staple that is found in pantries and kitchen cupboards not only in the Caribbean, but all over the Americas and Europe. It is made from ground-dried corn and available in fine, medium and coarse consistencies. Finely ground cornmeal is also referred to as corn flour. In the United Kingdom, the word corn flour denotes cornstarch. In Europe, cornmeal is known as polenta, and finely ground corn flour for making bread or tortillas is known as maize flour.