Destinations

Nutrition & Travel – Jamaica

A Vegabond Voyage: A Vegetarian’s Adventures Abroad
Local vegetarian cuisine for the budget conscious and culturally curious traveller

It’s Independence Day for Jamaica. Though celebrations are typically held the first Monday in August, the official date that Jamaica became autonomous from British rule is August 6, 1962. Here’s just a taste of some of the healthy vegetarian foods in Jamaican cuisine.

Sorrel
A type of hibiscus, this plant gets made into a festive drink at Christmas time.

12 Days of Christmas: Sorrel

 

Photo by Kimberley (c)2013

Photo by Kimberley (c)2013

 

Ital Food
Ital is a part of the Rastafarian philosophy that rejects the use of salt, additives and preservatives in cooking. Instead an all-natural, whole foods diet prepared with local ingredients is followed.

Meatless Monday – Thank God for the Rastas

Our welcome meal Photo by Kimberley (c)2013

Our welcome meal
Photo by Kimberley (c)2013

Callaloo

Photo by Kimberley (c)2013

Photo by Kimberley (c)2013

This was actually breakfast. Callaloo, a sort of Jamaican spinach is a staple vegetable. It is a good source of non-heme (i.e. plant-based) iron. Make sure to simultaneously consume food high in vitamin C to optimize the absorption of iron.

Meatless Monday – This was the yam that Usain ate

Ackee
Ackee is the national fruit of Jamaica but is eaten like a vegetable. Imagine that your brains were made of bananas. This describes the texture and appearance of prepared ackee.

Jamaican Blue Mountain
Like wine, the taste and quality of coffee is dependent on the ‘terroir‘ in which it is grown. The Blue Mountain area near Kingston provides an ideal environment for cultivating a superior quality coffee bean.

Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee at the Craighton Estate. Photo by Kimberley (c)2013

Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee at the Craighton Estate.
Photo by Kimberley (c)2013

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