caribbean food and drink
Jamaica
macka fat
A small, hard to crack nut with flesh that resembles that of the coconut in appearance, taste, and texture.
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St. Vincent
mafobay
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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St. Vincent
malaba
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
mali apple
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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Haiti
mamba
A spicy nut butter made from peanuts, sugar and hot pepper.
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Bahamas
Belize
Grenada
Guyana
Jamaica
mamey
Round fruit between 5 and 9 inches in diameter. The fruit has rough brown skin and contains a single large seed. The flesh of unripe fruit is hard and becomes soft when fully ripened. The fruit is edible with tastes ranging from sour to sweet and reminiscent of apricots.
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Trinidad & Tobago
mamey sapote
A fruit of the sapodilla family. It has flesh with orange, reddish brown, or yellow colours with a custard like texture. It is valued for its pleasant taste and mixes well with a variety of other foods.
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Barbados
Belize
Grenada
Jamaica
Montserrat
Trinidad & Tobago
mammee apple
Round fruit between 5 and 9 inches in diameter. The fruit has rough brown skin and contains a single large seed. The flesh of unripe fruit is hard and becomes soft when fully ripened. The fruit is edible with tastes ranging from sour to sweet and reminiscent of apricots.
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Bahamas
mammee sapota
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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Cuba
Dominica
mamon
An edible round, ovoid, or cone shaped fruit around 6-10 cm in diameter, with a lumpy skin. The skin colour changes from bright green to a pale whitish-green as the fruit ripens. The sweet flesh is white or very pale yellow, and has a custard-like texture. Hard , shiny brownish black seeds are spread throughout the insides.
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Cuba
mamoncillo
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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Barbados
mangustine
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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Barbados
Dominica
Grenada
Guyana
St. Lucia
Trinidad & Tobago
St. Vincent
manicou
Opossum
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Jamaica
mannish water
A rich spicy soup made with goat meat as the main ingredient. Usually the goat's head (and sometimes tripe and testicles) is used. The soup is considered to be an aphrodisiac.
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Dominican Republic
manzana de oro
Ambarella. An edible fruit growing on large trees up to 30m. The fruits have thick, sometimes leathery skin and dendritic (fibrous or hairy) seeds. While unripe, the flesh is crisp and firm with a tart acidic taste. As it ripens, it turns yellow, becomes soft and develops a sweet taste and fragrant smell. Both ripe and unripe fruits can be eaten raw. It is also often prepared by juicing, stewing with ginger and sugar, pickling with peppers and spices, or made into chow.
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Guyana
marimanpoke
A tender low-growing herb commonly known as basil.
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Guyana
marinade
A fried batter made from a mix of flour, saltfish, onions, peppers and other spices
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Guyana
matai
Dessert made with flour and coconut milk, fried and dipped in a sugary liquid.
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Jamaica
matrimony
A sweet salad of star apple, oranges, grapefruit, and condensed milk.
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Grenada
St. Lucia
Trinidad & Tobago
mauby
The dried bark of the Colubrina reclinata tree.
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Haiti
may moulin
A meal made by slow cooking seasoned cornmeal. The meal is stirred or turned as it is cooked.
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Trinidad & Tobago
melongene
Eggplant. A species of nightshade grown for its edible fruit.
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mespil
Round, oblate, ovaloid, ellipsoidal, or conical fruit varying in size from 2 to 4 in (5-10 cm) in width. The immature fruit is hard and has a sandpaper like texture. Typically, the fruit does not ripen until it is picked or falls off the tree. When ripe, the fruit becomes soft and juicy. The flesh may be yellow, reddish brown, or dark brown with smooth or grainy textures. While some fruits may be seedless, they typically contain 3 - 10 hard black seeds in the center. The fruit is considered to be very delicious and is highly desired. The sap or gum from the tree is also a source of 'chicle' the original ingredient used to make chewing gum.
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Turks & Caicos
US Virgin Islands
mesple
Round fruit between 5 and 9 inches in diameter. The fruit has rough brown skin and contains a single large seed. The flesh of unripe fruit is hard and becomes soft when fully ripened. The fruit is edible with tastes ranging from sour to sweet and reminiscent of apricots.
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Haiti
militon
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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Belize
milk cake
Pound cake made with caramelized condensed milk
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Belize
milky way
A frozen dessert made from condensed milk, cinnamon, nutmeg and put in a plastic wrapping. Sweet corn, kraabu, papaya, guava, mango, or lime can be added.
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Dominica
mimbre
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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Aruba
Bonaire
Curacao
US Virgin Islands
mispel
Round, oblate, ovaloid, ellipsoidal, or conical fruit varying in size from 2 to 4 in (5-10 cm) in width. The immature fruit is hard and has a sandpaper like texture. Typically, the fruit does not ripen until it is picked or falls off the tree. When ripe, the fruit becomes soft and juicy. The flesh may be yellow, reddish brown, or dark brown with smooth or grainy textures. While some fruits may be seedless, they typically contain 3 - 10 hard black seeds in the center. The fruit is considered to be very delicious and is highly desired. The sap or gum from the tree is also a source of 'chicle' the original ingredient used to make chewing gum.
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US Virgin Islands
miss blyden
A drink made from prickly pear steeped in rum, sweetened with sugar, and buried for many days.
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Guyana
mithai
Dessert made with flour and coconut milk, fried and dipped in a sugary liquid.
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Jamaica
mix flour
Flour that is sold with a small amount of cornmeal mixed in. The ratio of flour to cornmeal is usually suitable for fried or boiled dumplings.
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Trinidad & Tobago
mocco
Plantains
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Trinidad & Tobago
moko
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
monkey apple
Annona purpurea is an edible fruit and medicinal plant in the sweetsop family. The skin is covered with spiky, hook like projections.
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Guyana
morue
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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Trinidad & Tobago
mosquito bush
A tender low-growing herb commonly known as basil.
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Dominica
mountain chicken
The Giant Ditch Frog is a species of frog that is native to the Caribbean islands of Dominica and Montserrat. it is hunted and prized as food. the giant ditch frog is one of the largest frogs in the world, with adult females growing up to 21 cm long. it is highly variable in colour, with the upperparts varying from a uniform chestnut-brown to being barred or even spotted. The colour becomes more orange-yellow on the sides of the body, and pale yellow on the underparts. a black line runs from the snout to the angle of the mouth, and the upper-legs often have broad banding.
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Grenada
mountain dew
An extremely potent overproof rum with a fearsome reputation. It is sold under-the-counter (illegally) and usually available during sugar harvest time.
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Jamaica
mullet
A perch-like fish found in both freshwater and saltwater
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Guyana
mullgatawny
A rich spicy soup made with goat meat as the main ingredient. Usually the goat's head (and sometimes tripe and testicles) is used. The soup is considered to be an aphrodisiac.
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Puerto Rico
naranja agria
Seville orange; A thick skinned sour orange used for making beverages and marmalade.
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Jamaica
naseberry
Round, oblate, ovaloid, ellipsoidal, or conical fruit varying in size from 2 to 4 in (5-10 cm) in width. The immature fruit is hard and has a sandpaper like texture. Typically, the fruit does not ripen until it is picked or falls off the tree. When ripe, the fruit becomes soft and juicy. The flesh may be yellow, reddish brown, or dark brown with smooth or grainy textures. While some fruits may be seedless, they typically contain 3 - 10 hard black seeds in the center. The fruit is considered to be very delicious and is highly desired. The sap or gum from the tree is also a source of 'chicle' the original ingredient used to make chewing gum.
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Jamaica
natto
The fruit and plant of Bixa orellana, commonly known as anatto. It is important for its seeds which are used to produce spices, and bright red/orange food colourings and dyes.
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Antigua & Barbuda
Jamaica
neesberry
Round, oblate, ovaloid, ellipsoidal, or conical fruit varying in size from 2 to 4 in (5-10 cm) in width. The immature fruit is hard and has a sandpaper like texture. Typically, the fruit does not ripen until it is picked or falls off the tree. When ripe, the fruit becomes soft and juicy. The flesh may be yellow, reddish brown, or dark brown with smooth or grainy textures. While some fruits may be seedless, they typically contain 3 - 10 hard black seeds in the center. The fruit is considered to be very delicious and is highly desired. The sap or gum from the tree is also a source of 'chicle' the original ingredient used to make chewing gum.
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Belize
nero
A variety of chili pepper similar to the habanero.
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Barbados
nigger pepper
A small, but hot chili pepper used for cooking. The peppers range in colour from green to red.
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Antigua & Barbuda
Puerto Rico
nispero
Round, oblate, ovaloid, ellipsoidal, or conical fruit varying in size from 2 to 4 in (5-10 cm) in width. The immature fruit is hard and has a sandpaper like texture. Typically, the fruit does not ripen until it is picked or falls off the tree. When ripe, the fruit becomes soft and juicy. The flesh may be yellow, reddish brown, or dark brown with smooth or grainy textures. While some fruits may be seedless, they typically contain 3 - 10 hard black seeds in the center. The fruit is considered to be very delicious and is highly desired. The sap or gum from the tree is also a source of 'chicle' the original ingredient used to make chewing gum.
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Jamaica
nutri bulla
A small lightly leavened sweet bread distributed to school children as part of the country's nutritional program
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Jamaica
nutri bun
A small round bun that is distributed to school children as part of the country's nutritional program
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Jamaica
nutty buddy
A ice cream snack packaged in a hard cone, with the crown covered in chocolate and chopped nuts.
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Jamaica
nyammins
Food.
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Trinidad & Tobago
nyanmaments
Food.
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Antigua & Barbuda
Belize
Dominica
Guyana
Jamaica
Trinidad & Tobago
St. Vincent
okro
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. It is often cooked by boiling or steaming and in some areas is regarded as an aphrodisiac.
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Trinidad & Tobago
orinoco
A type of plaintain.
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Jamaica
ortanique
A Jamaican hybrid of the tanderine/mandarin orange and orange. The tangor is valued for it's sweet pleasant taste.
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Jamaica
otaheite apple
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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Haiti
pacay
Inga feuilleei is a legume that produces a podded fruit with a smooth textured, sweet, edible white pulp surrounding the seeds.
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Trinidad & Tobago
padoo
Inga feuilleei is a legume that produces a podded fruit with a smooth textured, sweet, edible white pulp surrounding the seeds.
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Trinidad & Tobago
pak choy
Bok Choy
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Belize
panades
Traditional Belizean dish made with corn maize and shark meat
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Puerto Rico
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 with a rough green skin with small hexagonal markings. Some varieties have a spiky exterior. The flesh is white, cream coloured or yellow and has a high starch content. It is eaten boiled, roasted, or fried as a staple food.
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Bahamas
pancake
A fried bread typically made from baking powder leavened dough.
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Jamaica
panganat
Pomegranate. Botanical name Punica granatum, is a fruit-bearing deciduous shrub or small tree growing between 5 and 8 m (16 and 26 ft) tall
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Jamaica
pap
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
pap chow
Bok Choy
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Puerto Rico
papa
Potato
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Barbados
Dominica
Grenada
Guyana
Jamaica
Trinidad & Tobago
papaw
A torpedo, oval, or pear shaped fruit. The fruit bears on a large leafed tree up to 10m tall. When green, it is cooked as if a vegetable. The flesh contains an enzyme named papain that serves as an effective meat tenderiser. When ripe it is yellowish-orange in colour. The flesh is bright orange, soft, and sweet. The insides are hollow containing a lots of seeds with each seed contained in a small liquid filled sac. The seeds and the fluid surrounding them have a bitter taste.
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Belize
papaya
A torpedo, oval, or pear shaped fruit. The fruit bears on a large leafed tree up to 10m tall. When green, it is cooked as if a vegetable. The flesh contains an enzyme named papain that serves as an effective meat tenderiser. When ripe it is yellowish-orange in colour. The flesh is bright orange, soft, and sweet. The insides are hollow containing a lots of seeds with each seed contained in a small liquid filled sac. The seeds and the fluid surrounding them have a bitter taste.
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Trinidad & Tobago
paratha 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
parrot
Parrotfish
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Trinidad & Tobago
parsad
A sweet dessert made from flour and cream of wheat.
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Jamaica
passion
Passion fruit
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Puerto Rico
pastel
A dish consisting of mixed meat stewed with capers, olives, raisins and prunes, wrapped in cornmeal, then wrapped in banana or plantain leaves and boiled.
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Trinidad & Tobago
pastelle
A dish consisting of mixed meat stewed with capers, olives, raisins and prunes, wrapped in cornmeal, then wrapped in banana or plantain leaves and boiled.
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Jamaica
patty
A light flaky pastry filled with a savoury filling. Traditionally they were filled with ground beef, but modern incarnations can have a variety of fillings including chicken, callaloo, cabbage, or ackee and saltfish.
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Jamaica
patty and coco bread
A lunch or snack item consisting of a patty sandwiched inside a coco bread.
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St. Lucia
Trinidad & Tobago
payme
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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Antigua & Barbuda
Barbados
Belize
Jamaica
pear
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 seed.
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Barbados
Belize
Guyana
British Virgin Isles.
US Virgin Islands
peas and rice
A dish made from rice and peas or beans. Red kidney beans and gungo are commonly used. The dish is typically prepared with coconut milk and lots of seasoning.
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Trinidad & Tobago
peewah
Fruit of the Bactris gasipaes which is a species of palm native to the tropical forests of South and Central America. The fruit is a drupe with edible pulp surrounding the single seed, 4–6 cm long and 3–5 cm broad. The rind (epicarp) of the fruit can be red, yellow, or orange when the fruit is ripe, depending on the variety of the palm.
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Dominica
Trinidad & Tobago
St. Vincent
pelau
A one-pot mixture of peas and rice, cooked with meat
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Trinidad & Tobago
penny piece
This is the fruit of a medium to evergreen tree, endemic of the Antilles with a wide canopy of big, oval leaves. Its wood is hard, firm, strong and very heavy, so it is widely used to build furniture and light posts. Rounded fruit, with a sparse, sweetish pulp, are yellow-orange with creamy taste, sometimes mushy, with a delightful and delicate flavor.
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Belize
peppa sweet
A hard candy surrounded by paprika.
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Antigua & Barbuda
pepperpot
A spicy spinach based soup flavoured with pork. It is often eaten as a Boxing Day tradition.
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Dominican Republic
perita haitiana
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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Guyana
Trinidad & Tobago
pholourie
Savoury fritter made from seasoned split pea flour. Traditionally served with chutney.
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Haiti
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 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
pimento
A banana-shaped pepper that changes from pale to deep yellow or orange as they mature.
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Jamaica
pinda
Peanuts.
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Jamaica
pinda cake
Peanut brittle. A hard candy made from peanuts and brown sugar. Some wangla include sesame seeds.
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Bahamas
Jamaica
pine
Pineapple - a tropical plant with edible multiple fruit consisting of coalesced berries, named for resemblance to the pine cone.
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Puerto Rico
platano
Plantains
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St. Vincent
plimrose
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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Barbados
plum pudding
A dense steamed cake/pudding made with dried vine fruit (raisins, prunes, etc) that have been steeped in rum or wine.
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Montserrat
St. Vincent
plumrose
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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Haiti
pois congo
Pigeon peas.
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Trinidad & Tobago
pois doux
Inga edulis (eng. ice-cream-bean) is a fruit native to South America. The pods contain black seeds which are embedded in a thick white juicy pulp that tastes slightly like vanilla ice cream.
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Jamaica
police button
Small yellow oval shaped cookies that resemble the brass buttons on a colonial era policeman's uniform.
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Dominica
Montserrat
Trinidad & Tobago
pomerac
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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