caribbean food and drink
Jamaica
brown george
A desert snack made by shelling dry corn, parching it in a hot pot and then pounding it in a wooden mortar and sifting it until it is similar to sand. Salt or sugar can then be added to the brown mixture and it can be eaten dry or with water.
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Jamaica
brownin
A thick, extremely dark brown syrup resembling molasses. It is made from caramelised or burnt sugar. It is used to add flavour and dark colour to meats, stews, and cakes.
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Bahamas
bruise
To tenderise meat.
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Bahamas
bruiser
A tool used to tenderise conch.
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Bahamas
bubbub
A dried coconut
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Trinidad & Tobago
buck buck
Burro bananas are more squared in shape than common yellow bananas. When ripe, the skin is yellow with black spots and the flesh is creamy white. It has a tangy, lemon-banana flavor and is generally soft, getting firmer towards the center.
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Trinidad & Tobago
bud peppa
A small, but hot chili pepper used for cooking. The peppers range in colour from green to red.
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3 comments
Trinidad & Tobago
bujna
Curry chicken in very small cubes.
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Barbados
Trinidad & Tobago
St. Vincent
buljol
A mixture of shredded saltfish, oil, onion, tomatoes and peppers.
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St. Vincent
buljow
A mixture of shredded saltfish, oil, onion, tomatoes and peppers.
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Jamaica
bulla
Small unleavened, or lightly leavened sweet cakes that are sometimes flavoured with banana or ginger. They are typically eaten as with cheese or pear as snacks or lunch.
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Antigua & Barbuda
Jamaica
bully beef
Canned corned beef
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1 comments
Jamaica
bumpy banana
A banana variety known for small sweet fruit.
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Jamaica
bun
A dark spicy sweet bread typically made with raisins and fruits. It is commonly eaten with cheese. In Jamaica, they are especially popular during the Easter season.
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Bahamas
Jamaica
Trinidad & Tobago
bun bun
Burnt rice or other food found at the bottom of the pot
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busco
An edible species of armour plated catfish that grows up to 24.0 centimetres in length. Males grow to a larger average and maximum size than females and, during the reproductive season, develop fat deposits in the pectoral fin and an elongated recurved pectoral spine that often assumes a reddish colour.
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Guyana
bush cow
The tapir. Large, herbivorous mammals belonging to the family Tapiridae. They are similar in shape to a pig, with a short, prehensile nose trunk. Tapirs inhabit jungle and forest regions of South and Central America.
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Jamaica
buss mi jaw
A hard, chewy, dark brown candy made from sugar, coconuts and ginger.
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Trinidad & Tobago
buss up shot
A roti made with butter, usually ghee. Oil is rubbed on both sides, then it is cooked on a tawah. This gives the roti a crisp outside. When it almost finished cooking, the cook begins to beat it, causing it to crumble
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1 comments
Jamaica
bussu
A small aquatic snail often found attached to rocks in rivers. They are edible and sometimes used as an ingredient in soups
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1 comments
Antigua & Barbuda
Jamaica
busta
A hard, chewy, dark brown candy made from sugar, coconuts and ginger.
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3 comments
Jamaica
bustamante backbone
A hard, chewy, dark brown candy made from sugar, coconuts and ginger.
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1 comments
Jamaica
butterfish
Epinephelus adscensionis, also known as Rock Hind is a species of fish in the group family. It is pale brown to dark brown in colour and covered with spots. It is valued as food.
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Jamaica
byrie
Ziziphus Mauritania; A small round berry about 3/4 inches in diameter. The fruit is green and turns yellow as it ripens. Ripe fruit may occasionally develop a rust brown colour and a cracked texture. The unripe fruit is firm and slightly acidic, and grows softer and mushier when it ripens. The berries have a single hard seed.
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Belize
caan sham
A desert snack made by shelling dry corn, parching it in a hot pot and then pounding it in a wooden mortar and sifting it until it is similar to sand. Salt or sugar can then be added to the brown mixture and it can be eaten dry or with water.
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4 comments
Jamaica
cabbage tree
Palm trees with edible hearts
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Trinidad & Tobago
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 two colours. Inside is a purple and white milky flesh that exhibits a distinct star pattern. The fruit is sweet and eaten raw
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5 comments
US Virgin Islands
cainit
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 two colours. Inside is a purple and white milky flesh that exhibits a distinct star pattern. The fruit is sweet and eaten raw
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Dominican Republic
cajuil
Otaheite apple; Pear shaped fruit with red skin and white flesh. Typically, they contain a single large seed. However, they may occasionally be seedless. The fruit is sweet and is usually eaten raw or used to make drinks.
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Belize
Grenada
Guyana
Jamaica
St. Vincent
callaloo
Aramanth - an edible green leafy vegetable resembling spinach. It is typically prepared by steaming, often with saltfish
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12 comments
Puerto Rico
camaron
Shrimp, particularly freshwater shrimp
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Jamaica
can grenade
Canned mackerel in tomato sauce
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Trinidad & Tobago
canistel
Canistel; A bright yellow ovoid fruit with a pointed tip. It is related to the sapodilla and is edible. The flesh tends to be dryer than other sapodillas and the texture is similar to that of a hardboiled egg yolk.
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Martinique
caramanja
The fruit and tree of Averrhoa bilimbi. A relative of the carambola or star fruit, the tree produces an edible, green, five pomed, cucumber like fruit.
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Guyana
carass
Type of fish.a bottom feeder
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Trinidad & Tobago
carite
The king mackerel or kingfish
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Trinidad & Tobago
cart wheel
Large, round flat, dumplings
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1 comments
Grenada
Guyana
cashew
Otaheite apple; Pear shaped fruit with red skin and white flesh. Typically, they contain a single large seed. However, they may occasionally be seedless. The fruit is sweet and is usually eaten raw or used to make drinks.
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Guyana
cassareep
A bitter syrupy condiment made from cassava juice and brown sugar.
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Guyana
cassava bread
A round flat bread made from grated cassava which has been repeatedly pressed to remove the juice. For meal preparation, slices are typically soaked in coconut milk and then fried. It is popularly served with fried fish.
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Guyana
catahar
Seeded breadfruit
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Jamaica
cerasee
The bitter tasting tea made from the leaves and vines of a variety of bitter melon plant (Momordica charantia). It is regarded for it's purported medicinal value - especially as a purgative.
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Trinidad & Tobago
cerise
The fruit of the Flacourtia indica which is a species of flowering plant native to much of Africa and tropical and temperate parts of Asia. The fruit itself is a pome about an inch thick and red ripening purple. It is very fleshy and has 6 to 10 seeds in layered carpels. The pulp is yellow or white and sweet with an acidic tang. It is eaten raw or made in to jelly or jam. It can be fermented to make wine.
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50 comments
Trinidad & Tobago
chadon beni
Mexican Coriander. Eryngium foetidum is a tropical perennial and annual herb in the family Apiaceae used for seasoning and marinating food.
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Guyana
Trinidad & Tobago
channa
Chick Peas; Edible legumes also known as garbanzo beans. Commonly eaten curried or fried.
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Grenada
channa cone
A snack of fried, salted chick peas sold in paper cones.
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Trinidad & Tobago
channa pack
A snack of fried, salted chick peas sold in paper cones.
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Trinidad & Tobago
chatigne
Seeded breadfruit
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2 comments
Cayman Islands
chellomello
The tree and fruit of Phyllanthus acidus. The intermediate sized tree produces small, flattened, multi-lobed, berries with a high acid content. The tart yellow berries are edible raw, but most often stewed with sugar, ginger and other spices.
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Grenada
St. Lucia
Trinidad & Tobago
US Virgin Islands
chenet
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 the lychee and have tight, thin but rigid skins. Inside the skin is the tart, tangy, or sweet pulp of the fruit covering a large seed. The pulp is usually cream or orange coloured.
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58 comments
Jamaica
St. Martin/Maarten
cherry
The fruit of a small tree originally from South and Central America. The fruit are green when immature, and turn yellow/red to bright red when mature. The fruit has a tart, sweet flavour and is often eaten raw or used to make drinks.
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Trinidad & Tobago
chickytoe
A banana variety known for small sweet fruit.
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6 comments
Cuba
chicoria
Mexican Coriander. Eryngium foetidum is a tropical perennial and annual herb in the family Apiaceae used for seasoning and marinating food.
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Trinidad & Tobago
chillibibi
A desert snack made by shelling dry corn, parching it in a hot pot and then pounding it in a wooden mortar and sifting it until it is similar to sand. Salt or sugar can then be added to the brown mixture and it can be eaten dry or with water.
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2 comments
Trinidad & Tobago
chinee tambran
Fruit of the Vangueria madagascariensis tree which is a species of flowering plant in the Rubiaceae family native to the African continent having edible fruit. It is a large, orange fruit that is edible and often consumed locally.
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Dominica
Jamaica
chiny guinep
Lychee - a sweet fruit native to China. It is similar in structure to the guinep. The outside is covered by a pink-red, roughly-textured rind that is inedible but easily removed. The inside consists of a layer of sweet, translucent white flesh, rich in vitamin C, with a texture somewhat similar to that of a grape.
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Jamaica
chiny jimbilin
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 good source of vitamin C.
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Jamaica
chip chip
A sweet treat made from diced coconuts, sugar and spices. The mixture is boiled until thick enough to set and harden when cool, then spoonfuls are dropped onto banana leaves or other flat surfaces.
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Antigua & Barbuda
choba
Eggplant. A species of nightshade grown for its edible fruit.
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Belize
Jamaica
Trinidad & Tobago
chocho
Chayote. Edible pear shaped green vegetable of the squash family. The vegetable bears on vines and comes in smooth skinned and prickly skinned varieties. It is typically eaten boiled or in soups.
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Jamaica
chocolate
The fruit of the cocoa plant. The fruit resembles a yellow or orange torpedo approximately a foot in length. Inside there are several seed covered by a soft pulp. The dried seeds are ground to make cocoa and are the raw material used to make chocolate.
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7 comments
Jamaica
St. Lucia
Trinidad & Tobago
chocolate tea
A beverage made from the ground seeds of the cocoa plant. It is usually made hot, and heavily spiced with nutmeg, vanilla and cinnamon.
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4 comments
Trinidad & Tobago
choka
A dish prepared by mashing or pureeing fire roasted vegetables or fruit, then seasoning with salt, onions, garlic, pepper, cilantro and/or other aromatics. Hot oil is finally poured over the mixture. Tomatoes, and eggplant are common base ingredients for this dish.
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3 comments
Barbados
Trinidad & Tobago
christophene
Chayote. Edible pear shaped green vegetable of the squash family. The vegetable bears on vines and comes in smooth skinned and prickly skinned varieties. It is typically eaten boiled or in soups.
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Puerto Rico
chulo
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 two colours. Inside is a purple and white milky flesh that exhibits a distinct star pattern. The fruit is sweet and eaten raw
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Trinidad & Tobago
chunkay
The process of sauteeing
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Guyana
Trinidad & Tobago
chutney
A type of sweet and spicy condiment that is used like salsa. They often contain significant amounts of fresh green chili peppers. Other main ingredients can be any of a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. Most vegetable chutneys are prepared cold in a blender, while many fruit chutneys require cooking.
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Dominican Republic
cilantro ancho
Mexican Coriander. Eryngium foetidum is a tropical perennial and annual herb in the family Apiaceae used for seasoning and marinating food.
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cilantro de monte
Mexican Coriander. Eryngium foetidum is a tropical perennial and annual herb in the family Apiaceae used for seasoning and marinating food.
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Dominican Republic
cilantro sabanero
Mexican Coriander. Eryngium foetidum is a tropical perennial and annual herb in the family Apiaceae used for seasoning and marinating food.
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Guyana
clap roti
A roti made with butter, usually ghee. Oil is rubbed on both sides, then it is cooked on a tawah. This gives the roti a crisp outside. When it almost finished cooking, the cook begins to beat it, causing it to crumble
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Jamaica
cocktion
A sweet made from parched corn and sugar rolled into balls. Food colouring may be added.
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Jamaica
coco bread
A light sandwich shaped bread. It is typically filled with meat or cheese or a patty and consumed as a lunch or snack item.
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Bahamas
Belize
coco plum
Fruit of the Chrysobalanus icaco,which is a shrub or bushy tree, rarely 10 metres tall. In late summer it bears fruit in clusters, that of the coastal form being round, up to 5 cm in diameter, pale-yellow with rose blush or dark-purple in color, while that of the inland form is oval, up to 2.5 cm long, and dark-purple.
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Barbados
Dominica
Grenada
Jamaica
US Virgin Islands
coco tea
Hot beverage made from cocoa powder.
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Jamaica
cocoa tea
A beverage made from the ground seeds of the cocoa plant. It is usually made hot, and heavily spiced with nutmeg, vanilla and cinnamon.
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Jamaica
coconut cake
A sweet treat made from diced coconuts, sugar and spices. The mixture is boiled until thick enough to set and harden when cool, then spoonfuls are dropped onto banana leaves or other flat surfaces.
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Jamaica
coconut drops
A sweet treat made from diced coconuts, sugar and spices. The mixture is boiled until thick enough to set and harden when cool, then spoonfuls are dropped onto banana leaves or other flat surfaces.
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Barbados
Guyana
Jamaica
Trinidad & Tobago
St. Vincent
US Virgin Islands
coconut jelly
The soft flesh of a young coconut
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Jamaica
St. Kitts & Nevis
coconut meat
The soft flesh of a young coconut
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Belize
Guyana
Jamaica
St. Kitts & Nevis
coconut milk
Liquid produced after squeezing and pressing grated coconut meat with water
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Belize
Grenada
Jamaica
Trinidad & Tobago
coconut water
The liquid inside a coconut
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Trinidad & Tobago
cocorete
The fruit of Attalea maripa, commonly called maripa palm which is a palm native to tropical South America and Trinidad and Tobago. This fruit is yellow and edible that is oblong ovoid and cream. An edible oil can be extracted from the pulp of the fruit and from the kernel of the seed.
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Belize
Jamaica
codfish
Fish dried and salted for preservation. The fish is usually the Atlantic or Pacific cod, however, pollock and haddock are sometimes used. Preparation typically involves an initial step of soaking in water overnight or boiling to remove the excess salt.
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Jamaica
coffee tea
Coffee
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Jamaica
cog
A breakfast porridge made with cornmeal as a primary ingredient. It may also include milk, coconut milk, sugar, and spices like nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla.
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Jamaica
common mango
A commonly found mango cultivar with fibrous flesh. It is abundant and less highly valued than other mango cultivars.
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Grenada
con crocket
Dried flying fish
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Barbados
Guyana
con ki
A dessert item similar to bread pudding that is made from any combination of cassava, coco, sweet potato, or cornmeal along with flour, sugar and spices like nutmeg and cinnamon. The mixture is traditionally wrapped in leaves (banana or taro) or cloth and then boiled until cooked.
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Jamaica
coney
A medium sized terrestrial rodent found in the Jamaican forests. The species is endemic to Jamaica and related to hutias and guinea pigs. They have long tails, large heads and a squat appearance. The fur is typically brown, reddish brown, or dark brown. Previous generations of Jamaicans, particularly those of Maroon ancestry, used to hunt them for food. For many years they were thought to be extinct, but there have been a few sightings in recent times.
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Trinidad & Tobago
congo pepper
A variety of chili pepper similar to the habanero.
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3 comments
Jamaica
conkconct
Banana flour
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Barbados
Guyana
St. Kitts & Nevis
conkie
A dessert item similar to bread pudding that is made from any combination of cassava, coco, sweet potato, or cornmeal along with flour, sugar and spices like nutmeg and cinnamon. The mixture is traditionally wrapped in leaves (banana or taro) or cloth and then boiled until cooked.
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Barbados
conkies
A desert similar to payme or dukunu. It is made from mixture of grated pumpkin, sweet potato, cornmeal, flour, and various spices wrapped in banana leaf and steamed on a rack over boiling water.
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Guyana
Trinidad & Tobago
cookup rice
A one-pot mixture of peas and rice, cooked with meat
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3 comments
Guyana
cool down
Commercially produced drinks or juice packaged in plastic bags.
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Jamaica
coolie plum
Ziziphus Mauritania; A small round berry about 3/4 inches in diameter. The fruit is green and turns yellow as it ripens. Ripe fruit may occasionally develop a rust brown colour and a cracked texture. The unripe fruit is firm and slightly acidic, and grows softer and mushier when it ripens. The berries have a single hard seed.
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Jamaica
coolings
A homemade frozen pop popular with children. It is made by pouring mixed drinks into small transparent plastic bags, tying the bags to seal them, and freezing. They are normally consumed by sucking a small hole bitten in one corner of the bag.
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Jamaica
cooliz
A homemade frozen pop popular with children. It is made by pouring mixed drinks into small transparent plastic bags, tying the bags to seal them, and freezing. They are normally consumed by sucking a small hole bitten in one corner of the bag.
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Belize
corn lob
A lob made from corn juices and corn meal ;usually made by a mill. It is has been passed down for generations by the indigenous Mayas and can only be found in Belize.
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