The Jamaican cuisine represents a mix of the different cultures that come together to make it the melting pot of nationalities. MORE
The original inhabitants of Jamaica are believed to be the Arawaks, also called Tainos. They came from South America 2,500 years ago and named the island Xaymaca, which meant ““land of wood and water”. The Arawaks were a mild and plain people by nature. Physically, they were light brown in colour, short and well-shaped with coarse, black hair. Their faces were broad and their noses flat.
They grew cassava, sweet potatoes, maize (corn), fruits, vegetables, cotton and tobacco. Tobacco was grown on a large scale as smoking was their most popular pastime.
The foods of Jamaica are a mix of African, Indian, Chinese and European cuisine and not to be forgotten, lots of "scotch bonnet peppers", color and texture.