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December 27, 2014
An alcoholic beverage made by soaking anise leaves in rum and adding sugar for sweetening.
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john crow
Turkey vulture or black vulture. A large carrion feeding bird of prey with a turkey-like bald red or black head.
star apple
Carambola; A fruit with a star shaped cross section. As it ripens it turns from green to yellow. The fruit has a tart taste and is a...
kenep
Ovoid green fruit that grows in bunches on trees up to 30m high. The fruit typically ripen during the summer. The fruit is related to...
A spicy spinach based soup flavoured with pork. It is often eaten as a Boxing Day tradition.
kenepa
Ovoid green fruit that grows in bunches on trees up to 30m high. The fruit typically ripen during the summer. The fruit is related to...
lappe
A paca, a small rodent.
panapen
Tree and fruit native to the Pacific Islands and Malaysia that was brought to the West Indies in the 18th century. The fruit is large...
 
An extremely potent overproof rum with a fearsome reputation. It is sold under-the-counter (illegally) and usually available during...
ackee
Fruit native to West Africa that was introduced to the Caribbean. It is the national fruit of Jamaica, and features prominently in...
pommecythere
Ambarella. An edible fruit growing on large trees up to 30m. The fruits have thick, sometimes leathery skin and dendritic (fibrous or...
pholourie
Savoury fritter made from seasoned split pea flour. Traditionally served with chutney.
avogado
Avocado. Edible pear shaped or round fruit with an egg shaped seed. The flesh is green on the outside and turns yellow closer to the...
The state of laziness or sleepiness that follows the consumption of a large meal.
 
coolie
Person of mixed African and East Indian ancestry
Cursed, forsaken.
june plum
Ambarella. An edible fruit growing on large trees up to 30m. The fruits have thick, sometimes leathery skin and dendritic (fibrous or...
A large outdoor fair held on Christmas morning when traditional business are closed. At this fair, vendors sell a wide variety of...
chicken hawk
The Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) is a medium sized bird of prey
jamoon
A round fruit about the size of a tennis ball. It has a glossy leathery skin that is either green, purple, or some combination of the...
 
hard food
Any starchy agricultural product used as food. Examples include, but are not limited to, yams, potatoes, bananas, cassava, pumpkins,...
A ritually prepared meal of rice intended to trap (tie) a man in a romantic relationship. Women prepare the meal by cooking rice and...
A Christmas specialty liquor made from orange and tangerine peel, white rum, and cane syrup.
peeny wally
A firefly; A beetle that produces a blinking yellow, orange, or red light via bioluminescence.
guinep
Ovoid green fruit that grows in bunches on trees up to 30m high. The fruit typically ripen during the summer. The fruit is related to...
dulahin
A hindu bride
pomerac
Otaheite apple; Pear shaped fruit with red skin and white flesh. Typically, they contain a single large seed. However, they may...