caribbean food and drink
Barbados
Dominica
Grenada
Guyana
St. Kitts & Nevis
Trinidad & Tobago
St. Vincent
US Virgin Islands
sugar apple
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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Trinidad & Tobago
sugar cake
A baked dessert made from sweetened grated coconut. It is often decorated with red food colouring. The coconut used is 'white' since it is peeled or scraped to remove the brown outer layer.
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2 comments
Jamaica
sugar water
A simple drink made from sugar and water
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Jamaica
susumba
A small green, bitter tasting berry. It is sometimes eaten alone after boiling or cooked with saltfish
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39 comments
St. Kitts & Nevis
swank
A simple drink made from sugar and water
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Belize
Grenada
St. Kitts & Nevis
St. Lucia
Trinidad & Tobago
St. Vincent
sweat rice
A ritually prepared meal of rice intended to trap (tie) a man in a romantic relationship. Women prepare the meal by cooking rice and squatting over the steaming pot allowing the mix of condensation and bodily juices to "sweat" into the rice.
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109 comments
Trinidad & Tobago
St. Vincent
sweet bread
A light cake made with white flour and mixed fruits.
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4 comments
Jamaica
sweet cup
A fruit related to the passion fruit, but with a hard green skin. They are significantly sweeter than passion fruits.
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Grenada
Guyana
St. Kitts & Nevis
Trinidad & Tobago
sweet drink
Carbonated drinks
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1 comments
Guyana
sweet fig
A banana variety known for small sweet fruit.
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Guyana
sweet potato fly
A fermented drink made from sweet potatoes, and spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and mace.
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Belize
Jamaica
Trinidad & Tobago
sweetsop
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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5 comments
Jamaica
swims
Shrimp, particularly freshwater shrimp
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Jamaica
syrian bread
Pita bread.
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1 comments
Belize
tableta
A hard, chewy, dark brown candy made from sugar, coconuts and ginger.
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Dominican Republic
tamarindo
Tamarind
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Belize
Grenada
Guyana
Trinidad & Tobago
US Virgin Islands
tambran
Tamarind
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5 comments
Antigua & Barbuda
Barbados
Guyana
Jamaica
St. Lucia
Trinidad & Tobago
tambrin
Tamarind
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plant
19 comments
Barbados
Dominica
Jamaica
tambrin ball
Sweets made by rolling balls of tamarind flesh with sugar and/or spices such as pepper and salt.
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2 comments
Bahamas
tambrin molasses
A thick syrup made from tamarinds
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St. Kitts & Nevis
US Virgin Islands
tamon
Tamarind
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3 comments
Haiti
tassot
Fried strips of beef or goat meat.
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Trinidad & Tobago
tatoo
An armadillo
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3 comments
Guyana
Trinidad & Tobago
tawah
A flat or slightly concave griddle made from cast iron or steel. It is used to prepare roti and other types of breads
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1 comments
Haiti
ti carole
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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3 comments
Cuba
ti es
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
ti po
A rum based mixed drink that traditionally includes rhum agricole, lime, and cane syrup, and fruit flavouring.
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Jamaica
tie leaf
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
tiki tiki
The West Indian Whitebait: Tiny fish that congregate in huge swarms in rivers, or at the mouth of rivers.
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Jamaica
tin bum
Canned mackerel in tomato sauce
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Jamaica
tin mackerel
Canned mackerel in tomato sauce
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Guyana
Jamaica
Trinidad & Tobago
ting
A brand of grapefruit soda
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3 comments
Jamaica
titi 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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Jamaica
tom tom
The river mullet - found in springs and rivers.
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Trinidad & Tobago
St. Vincent
toolum
A hard, chewy, dark brown candy made from sugar, coconuts and ginger.
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Puerto Rico
tostones
A dish of twice fried green plantain. Slices or chunks of plantain are slow fried, then pressed flat and fried again. The slices are optionally dipped in salt water before the second frying.
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Jamaica
toto
Breads or cakes made with coconut as a primary ingredient
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1 comments
St. Vincent
tri tri
The West Indian Whitebait: Tiny fish that congregate in huge swarms in rivers, or at the mouth of rivers.
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Jamaica
tun cornmeal
A meal made by slow cooking seasoned cornmeal. The meal is stirred or turned as it is cooked.
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2 comments
Puerto Rico
turkey berry
A small green, bitter tasting berry. It is sometimes eaten alone after boiling or cooked with saltfish
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1 comments
Jamaica
tutti fruiti
A light cake made with white flour and mixed fruits.
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Bahamas
vegetable egg
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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Barbados
volangere
Eggplant. A species of nightshade grown for its edible fruit.
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Antigua & Barbuda
wadali
Antiguan beer
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2 comments
Belize
wangla
Sesame seed
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1 comments
Trinidad & Tobago
warap
A mixture of rice and dhal cooked with vegetable to a thick, soup like consistency
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3 comments
Guyana
washing butter
To beat butter with a spoon in a large water filled container in order to remove salt and make it suitable for use in recipes like black cake.
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Jamaica
water coconut
A young coconut where the flesh has not completely hardened.
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1 comments
Trinidad & Tobago
St. Vincent
wax apple
A light coloured cultivar of the Malay apple
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8 comments
Belize
waya
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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5 comments
Haiti
welks
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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Trinidad & Tobago
west indian 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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Jamaica
wet sugar
Unrefined sugar that has not been completed separated from the molasses. The sugar retains moisture and a deep brown colour.
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1 comments
Jamaica
whites
White rum
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Suriname
widara
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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Grenada
Jamaica
wilks
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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Trinidad & Tobago
yellow star apple
Pouteria caimito, a tropical tree, and its fruit originally from South America. It will grow an average of 33 feet (10 m) high, and can grow as high as 116 feet (35 m) under good conditions. Its fruit’s shape varies from round to oval with a point. When ripe, it has smooth bright yellow skin and will have one to four ovate seeds. The inside of the fruit is translucent and white. It has a creamy and jelly-like texture and with a taste similar to the sapodilla
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Jamaica
yellow tail
The Yellow Tail Snapper. A species of snapper with a yellow stripe along the length of its body and a yellow tail.
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US Virgin Islands
yoyo
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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yuyubo
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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Antigua & Barbuda
Dominica
Grenada
Haiti
St. Lucia
Trinidad & Tobago
St. Vincent
zaboca
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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Dominica
zaman
The tree and fruit of Terminalia catappa. It is a large tree (up to 115ft in height), often grown for ornamental purposes and the shade provided by its broad leaves. Parts of the fruit are edible, including the inner seed which resembles almonds in shape and taste.
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Antigua & Barbuda
St. Lucia
zanana
Pineapple - a tropical plant with edible multiple fruit consisting of coalesced berries, named for resemblance to the pine cone.
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Haiti
zanman
The tree and fruit of Terminalia catappa. It is a large tree (up to 115ft in height), often grown for ornamental purposes and the shade provided by its broad leaves. Parts of the fruit are edible, including the inner seed which resembles almonds in shape and taste.
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Antigua & Barbuda
Belize
zapote
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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