Caribbean foods draw a lot from French, American Indian, African, Chinese, Spanish, Dutch and Indian cuisines. Caribbean cuisine derives its vivacity from its migrant food culture. The migrants improvised their foods based on the availability of the ingredients. Today these foods have become signature identities of the regions where the migrant populations live in large numbers.
Rice is the staple dish of the island, and Caribbeans prepare various dishes using it. Generally a rice preparation is accompanied by tasty sauce or beans. Although rice is a staple diet of the island, still the method of preparation varies from region to another. Mostly coconut, beans, and peas are added as rice seasonings. The brown and yellow colored rice is mainly used as the side dish.
Caribbean cuisine is marked for its meat preparations. Goat meat is savored throughout the island with much fancy and love. French Caribbean, Jamaican, Guadeloupean, and Haitian populations enjoy goat meats. Caribbean goat meat stew has been chosen as the official national dish of Montserrat. This tomato based goat meat stew is also the signature dish of St. Kitts and Nevis. Other than goat meat, dumplings (droppers), breadfruit and green pawpaw or papaya are the other ingredients used in the preparation of the stew. Similarly Callaloo is a famous green dish which is savored and favored throughout the Caribbean islands. Vegetables like okra and other greens are used in the preparation of the dish. Anglophone Caribbean, or Cook-Up or Pelau is another popular meat dish which is enjoyed throughout the Caribbean Islands. The fleshy ingredients like beef, pigeon peas, chicken, saltfish, or vegetables are used in preparation of the dish. Other than that goat curry and chicken is popular throughout the Anglophone Caribbean islands.
Caribbeans are biased towards spicy and sharp flavors, because they use left over meats to prepare several dishes. Thus sharp and spicy flavors are used while preparing the dishes. Caribbean’s use allspice, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and lime to flavorise their food preparations.
Caribbean’s are also fond of seafood and various dishes are made using lobster, conch, and sharks. A fried shark sandwich is served throughout Trinidad and Tobago, other than that cascadura fish and crab preparations are also famous throughout the island. Similarly conch preparation is popular throughout Haiti, Bahamas and Belize. Deep fried fritters are another signature dish of the island.. The batter for the fritter is prepared by mixing seasonings, minced meat, and dough.
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