Archive for Jamaican Food

How to open a coconut

How to open a coconut

Most people are use to seeing brown hairy coconuts at their local supermarket.  These pictures are what coconuts look like when they are fresh from the tree.  When I first got to Jamaica the farmer that we stayed with brought us a big pile of fresh coconuts for  us to drink and eat the coconut jelly.  While the farmer and his staff can cut coconuts open with two swift cuts, it took about about 10-20 strokes and a big mess.

Two swift cuts opens a coconut.

Two swift cuts opens a coconut.

Fresh Jamaican coconut milk taste like a flavored water.  While the coconut milk is rich it does not have an overpowering taste, just a perfect taste.  If you travel to Jamaica be sure to have a local cut open a coconut so you can give it a try.

Coconut milk is clear

Coconut milk is clear

Behind the shops on fishermen’s beach in Salem Jamaica we hung around with some of the local fishermen and their families.  This little Jamaican girl loved posing for me, when I return I will have to give her a hard copy of this photo.  I love the simple organic lunch plate that she used to eat her food on!

Since the local fishermen just brought in a their daily catch, there is no doubt in my mind that this fish was just an hour or two out of the water.  Fresh Jamaican food, warm ocean air and the shade from the trees beats any paid meal in my opinion.

Scotchies Jamaican Jerk Food

When I got to Jamaica one of my goals was to try all of the “Jamaican food” that I could handle in a week.  Most of the food that we ate grew on the farm where we stayed with the exception of some fish from the local fisherman’s beach.  On one of our day trips we stopped a Scotchies in order to try their Jerk Chicken, Jerk Pork, Jerk Sausage and their famous Jamaican bread.

The food at Scotchies is sold as side orders so you can pick what is on your plate.  They have plenty of open air dining in the shade where you can enjoy your meal.

Cooking Jamaican Jerk Food

Jerk Chicken, Jerk Pork, Pork Sausage

The picture above shows what I order for lunch, almost everything on the menu!  After feasting on the great food I left with a large dogie bag.

Outdoor Dining in Jamaica