Ginger beer is a very popular beverage in Jamaica. It is not a beer. It is made from boiled or extracted ginger juice from the root, aerated or regular tap water and sugar. Also common for Jamaicans to make at home.
My favorite drink when I was in Jamaica island was a grapefruit soda prepared in Jamaica called “Ting”. Today Ting is popular beverage in wide region of Caribbean.
The Jamaican Salt Fish Fritters, a popular snack made of salted cod fish, flour, tomato, garlic, chili and onion, has been a popular dish also in Other Caribbean cuisines. This fish fritter can also be eaten as part of an island breakfast.
If there’s any food for which Jamaica is famous worldwide, it’s Jerk Chicken. The flavorful marinade – made with local spices mixture called “Jerk Seasoning” – gives an awesome flavor to meat. It is usually baked in oven or steel drum.
Jamaica offers a vast variety of dishes influenced by British. One of them, Patty is famous. It is made of minced meat, seafood or vegetables, formed triangle, rectangle or disk shapes by a bit spicy pie dough, and then fried. The surface crust is perfect and flaky.
Jamaican creole cuisine is a compote of African, British, Spanish and American taste. Rice cooked with beans(peas) is the national dish. Additional ingredients include salt, garlic, coconut milk, thyme, onion, etc. Many dishes served with Rice and Peas in Jamaica.
Nearly all food of Jamaican traditional cuisine would be done with thyme, a sort of herb. Cooking rice, knedding bread dough or simmering hearty soup… it is heavily employed indeed. Dry or semi-dry thyme seem to be preffered.