The Caribbean Dictionary

An alcoholic beverage made by soaking anise leaves in rum and adding sugar for sweetening.
banana fritters
A fried meal item made from a batter consisting primarily of ripe bananas (usually overripe) and flour.
A dish of twice fried green plantain. Slices or chunks of plantain are slow fried, then pressed flat and fried again. The slices are...
A green fruit bearing on plants up to 6 ft tall. The fruit are fingerlike with a pentagonal cross section and taper to a long point....
A native dish of Haiti consisting of rice and edible black mushrooms called "djon djon". The meal is more common in the northern...


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 rum like spirit made from sugar cane juice.
Seeded breadfruit
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...
A spicy nut butter made from peanuts, sugar and hot pepper.
Inga feuilleei is a legume that produces a podded fruit with a smooth textured, sweet, edible white pulp surrounding the seeds.
pied caimite
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...
pois congo
Pigeon peas.
A black mushroom dish that can be made with sweet peas and shrimp.
Round, oblate, oval, ellipsoidal, or conical fruit varying in size from 2 to 4 in (5-10 cm) in width. The immature fruit is hard and...
Fried strips of beef or goat meat.
ti carole
A homemade frozen pop popular with children. It is made by pouring mixed drinks into small transparent plastic bags, tying the bags...
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...