A plate of jerk chicken, with rice, plantains, carrots and green beans
A plate of jerk chicken, with rice, plantains, carrots and green beans

This is a list of Jamaican dishes and foods. Jamaican cuisine includes a mixture of cooking techniques, flavors, spices and influences from the indigenous people on the island of Jamaica, and the Africans who have inhabited the island. It is also influenced by the crops introduced into the island from tropical West Africa and Southeast Asia, which are now grown locally. Jamaican cuisine includes dishes from the different cultures brought to the island, while other dishes are novel or a fusion of techniques and traditions. A wide variety of seafood, tropical fruits, bats and meats are available.

Jamaican dishes and foods

Ackee and saltfish, national dish of Jamaica
Ackee and saltfish, national dish of Jamaica
Cassava cakes (Bammies)
Cassava cakes (Bammies)
Callaloo originated in West Africa
Callaloo originated in West Africa
Coco bread, sandwiching a Jamaican patty
Coco bread, sandwiching a Jamaican patty
Jamaican patties served with Red Stripe beer
Jamaican patties served with Red Stripe beer
Run down is a stew dish in Jamaican cuisine and Tobago cuisine
Run down is a stew dish in Jamaican cuisine and Tobago cuisine
Stamp and Go and callaloo fritters

Fruits

Guinep fruit
Guinep fruit
Guava
Otaheite apple

Desserts and sweets

Bulla cake
Gizzada

Herbs, spices and condiments

Curry powder
Pimento berries
Scotch bonnet

Soups

Soups play an important role in the Jamaican diet, not only as appetizers, but also as main lunch and dinner dishes because they are filling on their own with tubers/staples (such as yam, sweet potato, white potato, breadfruit, Jamaican boiled dumplings, dasheen and coco), vegetables (such as carrot, okra and cho-cho/chayote) and meat. Many Jamaican families enjoy soup for lunch and dinner. Soup is often had alone, but may be served with hard dough bread or Jamaican water crackers. Soups are almost always served piping hot.

Beverages

A mug of Horlicks malted milk
A mug of Horlicks malted milk
Milo instant chocolate malt powder
Milo instant chocolate malt powder
Red Stripe beer
Red Stripe beer
Ting (soft drink)

Hot beverages

Most Jamaicans begin the morning with a hot drink, either alone, with Jamaican tough water crackers, bread or along with a breakfast dish.

Juices and cold beverages

Juices often include local fruits such as pineapple, Otaheite apple, june plum (Tahitian apple), acerola cherry, mango and guava, or combine them to make medleys such as guava-carrot and fruit punch.

See also

References

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