Have You Tried It? Jamaican Food is Delicious!

Missed me? Well I’m back now and ready to go. :) I got in late last night and I’m so happy that my latest episode of Quick Meals w/ Lacy D uploaded properly. If you haven’t watched it yet, you must check it out! Every time I take a look at the video I start drooling. (it’s that good!)

But really, I was impressed with the food in Jamaica. I have to admit that my hopes were pretty low, considering I was at an all-inclusive. I was in for a surprise!

They had the sweetest mangoes I’ve EVER had, seriously ever. I wanted to buy a couple pounds and bring them back with me. I ate several mango slices every morning for breakfast. Come to find out I was there during mango season in Jamaica, and I want to go back every year at the same time, just to eat the mangoes. That good.

And if you thought I was done talking about Jamaican mangoes, you’re crazy! Mangoes have been found to protect against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers. It’s also an excellent source of vitamin a, b6, c, & e! Fresh mango is a very rich source of potassium, an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. So it sounds like I should be in tip top shape after all the mango I ate!

Another delicious fruit that I stumbled upon was the Jamaican apple, also known as the Malay apple or Otaheite apple. And just from looking up the name I found that its often used to remedy diabetes & constipation. It’s a beautiful bright red, almost a dark hot fuschia color on the outside and a juicy white flesh on the inside. Truly something you must experience, at first I wasn’t sure what I was biting into but I was trying it anyway. It was so delicious in fact that I made Jared take a bite & immediately he said apple…and he was right!

Then we had an awesome employee of the Jewel Resort named Chadwick, walking through the pool (fully clothed!) to bring us some more delicious fruits. I was a little surprised to find the watermelon not as sweet as it is in the states but I got to try ANOTHER new fruit called Soursop. The outside looks almost like a brownish green, slightly spiky bark, the inside is a creamy white with large black seeds. The more I read about the Soursop the more I’m finding that it’s often used in ice creams & sorbet. The flavor is almost a mix of pineapple & strawberry but has a little hint of citrus. Delicious…

One of our guides on a tour we decided to go on told us that Jamaicans don’t eat jerk chicken?!! I’m finding that hard to believe. She said it’s for the the tourists, but we certainly didn’t bring Jerk seasoning there! And one of the cooks at our resort was all about the jerk seasoning, she was even talking about special ingredients she uses. Either way…it’s ridiculously good in Jamaica! I mean hot hot hot. If you don’t like spice you won’t like jerk seasoning. The first night we arrived we went straight to the grill for some jerk chicken and I’ve got to tell you my mouth was on fire! But I loved it anyway. Those scotch bonnet peppers really turn the heat up. If found in the US, most jerk sauce will have jalapenos instead, it’s just not the same!

I bought some jerk spices so I’m going to try to come up with something uber delicious this weekend to use it on. I can’t wait!

Have you guys ever been to Jamaica? What was your favorite food?

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