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Jamaican Food and Style Jamaica is a beautiful island south of Cuba between North and South America The island has a great deal of rich agricultural land and although much of the mountainous are is not very fertile here and there in the hills are pockets of land which can bear abundantly Buisseret 1969 i Jamaicas uniformities and diversities concerning their food as well as their unique religious functions geography economics and technology contribute to their distinctive food culture Most Jamaicans are able to produce their own food such as sugar crops bananas and citrus fruits Buisseret 1969 58 They use these products in trade as well as for themselves Also they grow a great deal of domestic crops such as corn vegetables fruits cassave yam cocoes dasheeen and sweet potatoes Bent 1966 44 Though rice is an important food to Jamaicans they are forced to import it from Guyana mainly Bent 1966 45 Also beef cattle pigs poultry fish and sheep are a significant part of the Jamaican food consumption They raise them themselves though sheep rearing is a great deal less successful Most of the meat consumed in Jamaica is imported or grown by a few local livestock owners Jamaicans buy their goods at markets in the largely populated cities Bent 1966 75-78 Planters are well respected in Jamaican society since they tend to be more well-off than most Stewart 1971 126 Most food preparation involves pepper and the cooks special ingredients however much of the cooking of meat is done in small drums on charcoals Johnson 1982 25 Jamaicans are much like Americans concerning their food storage They keep dried foods in pantries and keep milk etc in refrigerators Johnson 1982 84 The act of eating itself is also modernized just like the United States Johnson 1982 86 Also they dispose of food in the generalized dumps though mainly food is not wasted in the Jamaican culture The only unique
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