Jamaica the land of wood, water and gold medals “Smiles”
I know we all hear the negative reports, but the beauty, warmness of the people, culture and vybz makes Jamaica one of the top go to islands in the Caribbean.
As such I thought I’d indulge you with a little bit of history about this, greatly loved Carib island.
Jamaica lies East of the Atlantic Ocean and is about 90 miles south of Cuba, and almost directly east of the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico.
Tourism is the largest segment in Jamaica’s economy, but the rest of the economy is surprisingly diverse too. There are many different types of light manufacturing, service industries and locally popular consumer products that are manufactured on the island some of which include rum, paper; food etc.
Jamaica is also the fifth largest producer of bauxite (the stuff aluminum comes from).
The climate in Jamaica is (as most people expect) hot and humid, but the island is fairly diverse, and there are some parts of the country (Inland regions and mountains) that are cooler than others.
One of Jamaica’s most well known exports to the world is reggae music!!
This stemmed from the musical contributions from reggae legend (who is now deceased) Bob Marley.
Although Bob Marley died many years ago, the music genre is as alive today as ever. Artists such as Vybz Kartel, Movado, Ioctane, Tarus Riley (To name a few) still keep people listening, buying and dancing to reggae music into the early hours of the morning all over the world.
Jamaica is an island that is made up of many different people. People from other cultures pass through or settle on the island, and this has had an undeniably positive effect on Jamaica’s cuisine.
A few popular Jamaican dishes include ackee and salt fish (the island’s national dish) Jerk Chicken, Curry Goat, Curried Mutton, Jamaican patties (made with beef, chicken, cheese, curry or vegetables), Brown Stew Chicken, Oxtail, Steamed Fish too name a few…
Delicious Jamaican cuisine is created using ingredients such as:
Allspice, black pepper, coconut, coconut milk, green bananas, ginger, pigeon peas, plantains, jerk spice, yams, garlic, salt beef, thyme, oxtail, passion fruit, ketchup, onion, browning sauce, green banana, kidney beans, tamarind, acerola, lima beans, jackfruit, pineapple, cho cho and scotch bonnet peppers. These are just a few of the ingredients that are used in Jamaican cooking….and most of these ingredients are grown locally.
For people who visit Jamaica, the food is often the most enjoyable part of the trip, as locally grown produce taste much fresher, sweeter and retains more nutrients.
Caribbean food is very colorful and Jamaican food is no exception. So it’s not surprising that wherever you find Jamaican communities (across the world), you also find Jamaican food stores. There are even online Jamaican food sites, that sell Jamaican foods, supplies and spices.
So there you have it Jamaica has it all sun, luscious beaches, reggae, good food (rum), and great people so when are you booking your Jamaican getaway???
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