Fabulous Foods

Curried Goat

Mannish Water

Jerk Chicken


Food made in Jamaica is a massive part of the tourism industry because it is probably one of elements of Jamaica that outsiders are most curious about. The foods consumed in Jamaica are in direct correlation to the country's diverse racial and ethnic heritage. Several fruits that are now growing in Jamaica and considered very popular were actually brought in from other countries. Styles and methods of cooking were sometimes adopted from other cultures.

In Jamaica fruits are very important. Fruit consumption is very high on the island and citrus fruits, pineapples, guavas and papayas are frequently eaten. Mangoes are in such demand that when they are in season, the demand for bread plummets drastically.

Vegetables are also very important in Jamaica. The most commonly eaten vegetables are cabbages, carrots, cucumbers, onions, pumpkins, tomatoes, green beans and peas.
Jamaican dishes are mostly known for their spiciness or "hotness" as it is called in Jamaica. Pimento, allspice, ginger and peppers such as Scotch Bonnet Peppers are all ingredients used in nearly all Jamaican dishes. Rice and kidney beans are served with meat so often that back in the 1970s they were sometimes called "Jamaica's Coat of Arms". However, within the island they are simply called "rice and peas."