Caribbean food borrows influences from cultures around the world. African, East Indian, Arab, European, Amerindian, and Chinese influences mix together to create the unique blend of Caribbean food that you can find across many Caribbean islands, including the Cayman Islands, the Dominican Republic, Aruba, and Belize, amomg others.
Much of the Caribbean food scene calls for ingredients like cassava, rice, plantains, beans, and coconut, as well as fish, beef, or poultry, among many other ingredients that are found in Caribbean food recipes. One thing is for certain, though: Caribbean food is sure to leave your taste buds both satisfied and wanting more.
Barbados is a great place to explore the unique qualities of Caribbean food. If you’re headed to Barbados, be sure to try the national dish of cou-cou, which consists mainly of cornmeal and okra, and flying fish, which is prepared steamed or fried and complements the cou-cou. Flying fish is very popular in Barbados, but you can also find swordfish, red snapper, yellowfin tuna, and albacore tuna.
Fried fish cakes are also must-try dishes in Barbados, as are conkies, a dish of coconut, pumpkin, corn flour, and sweet potatoes wrapped up in a banana leaf.
Macaroni pie can also be served as an accompaniment to flying fish. Alternatively, it can also be served with blue marlin or mahi-mahi. Souse, which is also called pudding’n’souse, is worth a try if you’re feeling adventurous: this is a dish made from pig intestines that are stuffed with sweet potatoes.
Not feeling like a culinary daredevil? Try the simple yet delicious staple of black-eyed peas and rice, which is exactly what it says on the tin.