Here are our picks of “5 Jamaican Foods & Drinks” that Jamaica has given the world. During the year leading up to Jamaica’s 50th Independence on August 6, 2012, each week we’ll be compiling a list of things celebrating Jamaican foods, music, culture, people and more. Feel free post your top Jamaican foods and drinks.
Blue Mountain Coffee – The Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee is known worldwide for its great unique flavor. It’s one of the world’s most expensive and sought-after coffees. Even though 80% of all Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee is exported to Japan, you can find it almost anywhere in the world in upscale coffee shops.
Jerk Chicken and Pork – The Jerk style of cooking originated in Jamaica but has developed a following internationally. Meats are dry-rubbed and/or marinated with Jamaican jerk spice/sauce and smoked over pimento wood charcoal on an open fire in a pit. Today many use a “drum pan” (old oil barrel) rather than an open pit. The Jerk style of cooking was traditionally used on pork and chicken, but now has been extended to many modern recipes including fish, shrimp, shellfish, beef, sausage, and tofu.
Ting Jamaican Grapefruit Drink – Ting is non-alcoholic beverage produced by Desnoes & Geddes Limited that has become popular world wide. It was first produced in 1976 and is flavored with Jamaican grapefruit juice. It is tart and sweet. It green and yellow packaging is recognizable internationally as truly a Jamaican drink.
Jamaican Patty – The Jamaican patty is one of Jamaica biggest exports and can be found worldwide. Don’t be surprised if you see Jamaican patties in an airport in Europe. The world has discovered what we Jamaicans have known for years; a couple of patties can be eaten as a full meal. The traditional patty filling was ground beef but in modern times the fillings include chicken, vegetables, shrimp, lobster, fish, soy, ackee, mixed vegetables and cheese.
Red Stripe Beer – The popular Jamaican Red Stripe beer is recognized worldwide. The beer is brewed by Desnoes & Geddes Limited, originally a soft drink manufacturer that started in Jamaica on July 31, 1918. It’s unique packing and entertaining advertising campaign has lifted the Red Stripe to an international level.