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The Origins of the Most Popular Caribbean Foods – The Atlantic

In the 18th century, many West Africans were brought to the Caribbean as slaves to Great Britain. By 1807, over 1 million Africans were brought to the islands. In order to preserve their history and bring them luck, they brought over the seeds of the Ackee plant.

The fruit was a source of protein amongst those forced to work on the sugar plantations across the Caribbean.

Saltfish was also a popular food across the islands. In times of hardship, women would mix the leftover fish with Ackee to feed themselves and their families, this led to the creation of some of the most popular dishes in Jamaica.

To learn more about this history and get more delicious recipes, Check out Provisions: The Roots of Caribbean Cooking by Michelle and Suzanne Rousseau!

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