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5 MUST HAVE FOODS FOR A REAL JAMAICAN EASTER

1) Bun and Cheese

This is a tradition adopted from the British and is similar to their Hot Cross Buns. Jamaicans have however put their own stamp on it. This sweet molasses/brown sugar spiced bun is the signature food of the season. The bun is best partnered with Tastee Cheddar Cheese but you can enjoy it with any cheese of your liking.


2) Fried Sprat and Hardo Bread

Fish is the staple of the season as many Jamaicans cut red meat from their diets during the period of lent. It is a common practice for locals to not cook on Good Friday. Sprats are tiny fishes, from the herring family. They are cleaned with water and vinegar then seasoned with salt and pepper and fried in advance. Enjoy a dozen sprat on Hardo Bread preferably from National. For added niceness, you can make the bread warm then lather with butter, fold a couple of sprats in a slice then wash down with an ice-cold Red Stripe Beer. Cold Lemonade will also do the trick.


Steam Fish or Fried Fish with your preference of crackers, bammy or festival.


A fully loaded snapper steamed in butter with Okra, carrots, and other vegetables will have you licking all ten fingers. This is Jamaican Easter food at its finest. It is best paired with Excelsior Water Crackers, also called Tough Crackers (Patois: Tuff Crackaz). Another scrumptious side dish is Bammy, a cassava bread that can be steamed or fried. If you don’t want the hassle of preparing it yourself, there are tons of places around the island to enjoy amazing fish. Gloria’s in Port Royal, Helshire Beach and Little Ochie in Alligator Pond St. Elizabeth are three of the most popular.


4) Bulla and Pear


Bulla is a flat, hard, and round cake that is a longtime favourite sweet treat for Jamaicans. It is best enjoyed with Avocado which Jamaican simply refer to as pear. The pear that Americans are accustomed is referred to on the island as foreign pear so be careful to note the difference. If you ask any Jamaican for a pear best believe you will receive an avocado. Avocado is mostly out of season during Easter months but you may be lucky to find a few in local markets. In the absence of avocado, bulla can be enjoyed with butter or cheese or both. It is also great by itself.


5) Ackee and Saltfish with fry dumplings or breadfruit

Ackee and Saltfish is the National dish of Jamaica, and one of the “must-have” dishes when visiting the island, providing it is in season. Ackee is a bright yellow fruit with a butter-like texture. The fruit is native to West Africa and was brought to Jamaica during the 1700s. It can be found in other parts of the Caribbean but it is a staple in the Jamaican diet and it is often prepared with onion, tomato, peppers, and salted cod which is simply called Saltfish. Ackee is best consumed with Johnnycake/fried dumplings or roasted breadfruit. This is my personal favourite Jamaican Easter food, although I have it at any time that it is available.


This article has credits to www.thedrylandtourist.com.

Have a happy Easter and be safe. Until next time from the SDL Blog team. This article was sponsored by Velina Paper Products shop now for your handtowels and bathroom papers

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