Caribbean cuisine is an exciting fusion of culinary influences from all over the world.
Counting dozens of countries like Cuba, Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago in its mosaic of tropical islands, the cuisine has absorbed an eclectic mix of tropical flavours with some defining characteristics.
Capturing the flavours of the Caribbean most recipes champion locally grown ingredients like tropical fruits, rice, plantains, beans, cassava, sweet potatoes, coconut, and various meats like beef, poultry, pork and seafood given a lift with garlic, onions, scotch bonnet peppers, celery, green onions, and herbs like cilantro, marjoram, rosemary, tarragon and thyme.
Here are a few of the must-try dishes in tropical Caribbean cuisine that'll whisk you away to island life and leave you dreaming of glistening white beaches and turquoise waters lapping at your toes ...
This flavourful and vibrant coloured tropical fruit is one of the most popular fruits in the Caribbean. It' wonderful enjoyed fresh for breakfast, in salads, stews and even cocktails with another favourite, rum. Here's how to slice it and cook with it.
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