FOOD/HEALTH

Nyaming And Drinking In Jamaica At Christmas Time

With Christmas around the corner, many Jamaicans are already preparing for the holidays. One thing that is common in almost every household, around this time is the hosting of Christmas dinner and Jamaica is no different.

Year after year family members travel from all over the world to come back home to join and share in the Christmas spirit and activities with their local family, friends, and loved ones.

Now, here are a few dishes that must be on the table if you are considering hosting a Jamaican style Christmas dinner.

  1. Mannish Water

Mannish water is a Jamaican soup that is made from various goat parts. The goat is usually killed early in the morning, hung so that the blood can be fully drained and then the parts are specially seasoned with Jamaican herb and spices. The soup also features boiled dumplings, yam, and Irish potatoes. Because of how simple it is to prepare, mannish water is usually the last thing to be prepared. Many Jamaicans love the taste of this soup, and it can be considered as a Jamaican appetizer.

  1. Curried Goat

Photo Credit: Leon Brocard/Wikimedia Commons.
Photo Credit: Leon Brocard/Wikimedia Commons.

This is another Jamaican all-time favorite.  It is best served with white rice and a side dish of vegetables. If one is interested in preparing this Jamaican delight, the ingredients can be easily found at the grocery store. These include Irish potatoes, pounds of goat meat, vinegar, onions, ginger, scallion, thyme, black pepper, salt, and garlic should be on your groceries list. Preparation time for this dish usually takes about 2 hours once you have the right ingredients. Not sure how to prepare this dish? Get the information here.

  1. Sorrel Drink

The sorrel plant originated in West Africa but has gained popularity as the number one festive Jamaican drink. The plant blooms only once for the year, and is very easy to grow. The drink is also known for its health benefits. It is said to reduce blood pressure, cleanse the kidney, improve the conditions of diabetics and boot heart health, stimulate the immune system, and increase the white blood cell count in the body. Do you want to know how to make this Jamaican favorite? Get the information here.

  1. Christmas Cake

Jamaican christmas cakeA traditional Jamaican Christmas dinner table cannot be complete without Christmas cake. Almost everyone looks forward to having dessert after dinner, and the Jamaican Christmas fruit cake is a special delight. Every year cake lovers rush to their local bakery to secure a pound or place their orders with their favorite Christmas cake bakers or even prepare a homemade one. To prepare this lovely treat, one can find the information here.

  1. Gungo Peas and Rice

Christmas dinner is not the same without green or dried gungo peas and rice. Jamaicans go all out to get this type of peas (also called pigeon peas) at this time of the year to usher in a change from the usual red peas (kidney beans). The pea is grown locally but has its origin in India. It is also popular in places such as Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

In Jamaica, the peas are cooked together with rice, hence the name rice and peas.

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Edited by Jesus Chan

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