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Transcript of Jamaica
Jamaicans eat foods that are flavored with spices such as ginger, nutmeg, and allspice (pimento). Allspice, the dried berries of the pimento plant, is native to Jamaica and an important export crop. Many meals are accompanied by bammy , which is a toasted bread-like wafer made from cassava. Jerking is also very popular; slowly cooking meat to preserve the juices and produce a unique, spicy flavor
With the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea surrounding the island, seafood is plentiful in the Jamaican diet. Lobster, shrimp, and fish such as red snapper, tuna, mackerel, and jackfish are in abundance. Fruits of the Caribbean are also very much a part of Jamaican meals, including Mangoes, pineapple, papaya, bananas, guava, coconuts, ackee, and plantains.
Where is Jamaica?
As an island, Jamaica shares no land borders, but nearby countries include Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Haiti, Mexico, Belize, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Jamaica is located fairly close to Central America.
What's the geography of Jamaica?
Geography:Jamaica has a varied topography with rugged mountains, some of which are volcanic, and narrow valleys and a coastal plain.
Climate:The climate of Jamaica is tropical and hot and humid on its coast and temperate inland. Kingston, Jamaica's capital has an average July high temperature of 90°F (32°C) and a January average low of 66°F (19°C).
Staple foods:Jamaican patties (beef, chicken, vegetarian, saltfish)
Jerk chicken – grilled Jerk-spiced chicken/pork
Oxtail with broad beans
Saltfish with cabbage or callaloo
Rice and peas
Pineapple upside down cake
Hard dough bread
Easter is also a big holiday weekend. Many Jamaicans go to church on Good Friday; one holiday superstition involves leaving an egg white out in some water on Holy Thursday and seeing what shape it takes overnight. For instance, if it sets like a ship, travel is in your future.
The most popular Easter tradition is eating bun and cheese. The bun is shaped like a loaf and filled with raisins, cinnamon and other spices, sliced sandwich-style with a piece of cheese in between. Easter is also the start of the annual carnival, featuring costumed parades and bands of calypso and soca musicians. Easter Monday (the day after Easter) will find Jamaicans at the beach or having a cookout.
It is a day when Jamaicans give thanks and praises to our National Heroes, those who fought for freedom against the tyranny of slavery, those who fought for Universal Adult Suffrage and the birth of independent Jamaica.
Jamaicans on this day pause for sombre reflection as they remember the sacrifices these Heroes made so that the generation of today can grow and develop.
Christmas actually lasts for two days; many companies close for the entire week between Christmas and New Year's Day. Both Christmas and Boxing are celebrated. A typical Christmas meal would consist of roast chicken, rice and gungo peas (pigeon peas), with sorrel to drink. Sorrel is a plant, not unlike the rooibos (red tea) herb, which is steeped hot, then cooled and mixed with ginger, sugar and white rum. Its bright red color makes it a great holiday drink. Dessert usually features a Christmas cake or pudding, very similar to the type made in England, but with a lot more alcohol.
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What's Jamaica like?
Population: 2.715 million people
Language:The official language of Jamaica is English. Jamaicans primarily speak an English-African Creole language known as Jamaican Patois, which has become known widely through the spread of Reggae music
Capital: Kingston, Jamaica
Jamaican Holidays and Celebrations