June 2018 marks the 13th Anniversary of the Caribbean-American Heritage Month in the United States. In this month's box, we're celebrating the diversity and shared heritage of the cuisine from the many islands of the Caribbean!
A popular ingredient in Guyanese cuisine - this thick black liquid made from cassava root, is used as the base for many sauces. Guyanese pepperpot anyone?
Grenada, also known as the Spice Island, is one of the world's largest exporters of nutmeg. Located in the Southern Caribbean, Grenada also grows and exports a wide variety of other spices - turmeric, cinnamon, cloves, allspice (pimento), bay leaf and ginger.
Jerk is a style of cooking native to Jamaica, in which meat is dry-rubbed or wet marinated with a hot spice mixture called Jamaican jerk spice. Developed by escaped enslaved Africans on the island, the traditional method of jerk involved slow cooking the meat over allspice wood.
Macaroni pie is a popular dish in Trinidad and Barbados. In Trinidad it is eaten with callaloo as the center pieces of "Sunday lunch". It won't be Sunday lunch without macaroni pie!
Duck & Goat Curry Powder
The East Indian heritage of the Caribbean is very much present in the cuisine, especially in Trinidad and Guyana where curry dishes are a major part of the food landscape. The curried chicken, meat and vegetable dishes of the Caribbean are uniquely Caribbean in taste. Curried duck and goat are must tries!
Coconut Milk Powder
Coconut is a staple in Caribbean cooking. Used in almost everything - pastries, cakes, stews, soups, curry, cookups, deserts, ice cream, chutneys, cocktails etc. You name it and it probably has coconut milk in it! Popular Caribbean dishes with coconut as a main ingredient include oil down, pelau and callaloo.
Mauby Bark with Spices
Dried buckthorn bark, which is a species of tree found in many Caribbean islands. Boiled and sweetened with sugar, it is a popular drink in many Caribbean islands.
Dried Fish Seasoning & Green Seasoning with Lime for Fish and Seafood
Fish is quintessential to Caribbean cuisine. From flying fish in Barbados to escovitch style fish in Jamaica, all of the Caribbean islands have their own special recipes for fish and seafood. The Caribbean is known for it's special seasonings and spices that give our seafood that unique Caribbean flavor.
Included in this month's box, 2 recipe cards from HomeMade Zagat