Caribbean Cuisine

Throughout history, people from all over the world have settled in the Caribbean. Some of these groups include the Caribs Indians, the Portuguese, the Spanish, Dutch, West Africans, the English, East Indians, and the Chinese.

As I travel around St. Kitts & Nevis, I can see that the Caribbean is a great big melting pot. Many diverse groups have brought their own cooking styles. And with every restaurant I visit, I learn how these cooking styles have blended together to creating Caribbean cuisine.

Surrounded by water, it makes sense that fish is popular in the Caribbean Island.

Goat is also an important part of Kittian and Nevisian cuisine (along with rice and beans.) Goat water is the national dish. The name is misleading, though. Goat water is actually a thick stew of goat meat that is seasoned with herbs and spices. It is slow-cooked along with vegetables; yams, potato, bananas, and dumplings. I was told that each island in the Caribbean has its own version of goat water.

St. Kitts & Nevis are volcanic islands, but the volcanoes aren’t active. However, volcanic soil is mineral-rich making it perfect for growing a wide variety of fruits and vegetables: tomatoes, peas, peppers, cassava, squash, pineapples, bananas, yams, mangoes, and, of course, coconuts. Coconuts can be a tricky crop to harvest, as you will see.

Jenny