A Taste of the Caribbean–in pictures
I recently got back from a lovely week in the Caribbean, visiting Grenada (pronounced GrehnAIDa, St. Lucia (pronounced St. Loosha), Antigua (pronounced Anteegah), St. Croix, St. Thomas, St. John and Puerto Rico. As with all my travels, I am always interested in seeking out the local fair.
Nutmeg Tree. Many of the nutmeg trees on Grenada (The Spice Island) were destroyed by a hurricane (forgot which one).
Nutmeg cracked open without the mace sheath around it. The yellow flesh of the nutmeg fruit is used to make jams. The actual nutmeg seed is inside the oval outer layer.
The mace (spice) sheath taken off the nutmeg outer layer.
My first local meal on Grenada: Fried fish, callaloo (Caribbean greens, basically the elephant plant leaves), a corn bread/polenta like savory cake, stewd okra and sweet potatoes and a yummy indigenous cherry juice.
Lobster bisque--definitely not creamy--but good nonetheless
Red Snapper with creole sauce and "spiced" rice
LOVED the whole cloves in the "spiced" rice
The best pina colada I've ever had
Public Market in St. Johns, Antigua
Cukes, celery, winter squash, peppers, long beans
Hibiscus buds for tea
I don’t recall the local name for this, but it’s like a chirmoya. This might have been the largest, sweetest fruit I’ve ever eaten.
There was TONS of passion fruit--my favorite!
The empty conch I found while snorkeling off a reef
Another yummy pina colada at the *Yacht Club* in St. Croix. Just practicing for when my parents get down there with their boat!
ST. JOHN–these aren’t food, but pics of sugar mill ruins
Ye olde windmill stand used for power
- Remnants of copper vat used to cook down sugar
- Mill was constructed of any viable building materials, including coral
Conch salad in vinegar dressing with green peppers and white onions. Fanflippintastic!
Cerveza El Presidente (from Domican Republic). Usually not a fan of pilsner type beers, but El Pres tasted damn good. The soup is called sancocho--yam or squash-based broth with big hunks of different kinds of meat, corn, yuca. The turnover thing on the right is called a mofongo--made from friend yuca and ripe plantain. Yum!
Until next time...