What do people eat in Jamaica?

Diet

Ackee and Saltfish is the Jamaican national dish. The fruit of the ackee tree, poisonous until its outer casing has opened, is not consumed widely anywhere but Jamaica.

Jamaicans eat a large breakfast, which usually begins with a hot beverage (coffee, cocoa, tea, or herbal tea), perhaps followed by bammy (cassava bread), green bananas, roasted breadfruit, cornmeal porridge, yam or fried dumplings with salted cod (with or without ackee), herring or mackerel.

At midday Jamaicans eat dinner. The main course is usually chicken or fish, though beef, pork and goat meat are also popular. Common fish dishes are escovitch fish, served with peppers and onions; rundown, which is fish boiled in coconut milk; and various curries, which were introduced by the island's East Indian population. Rice and peas (either gungo or black-eyed, or beans) often accompany main courses

Supper is usually substantial. Meat dishes are accompanied by filling foods such as dumplings, sweet potatoes, yams, green bananas, breadfruit, rice and festival, which are fried flour sticks.



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