9 Jamaican Dishes You Need To Know
The fun thing about Jamaican fare - like that of many Caribbean nations - is the variety. In the meats of choice: goat and beef and chicken, along with the seafood beloved in the island nation. In the variety of spicing, from searing hot Scotch bonnet peppers to the earthier, warmer notes of cumin or allspice. And in the culinary influences from across the globe: due to a long history of colonization, Jamaican cuisine shows evidence of the British and the Spanish, African culinary traditions, and perhaps most prominently, East Indians, who came to the island as migrant laborers.
Today, Jamaican cuisine reflects all of those influences and more, while maintaining its own distinct style; there's a great deal of overlap with other Caribbean nations, but other dishes that are all Jamaica's own. Here are nine to try.