Caribbean Food History

The Arawak, Carib, and Taino Indians were the first inhabitants of the Caribbean islands. 

 Carib, Island Carib, or Kalinago people, after whom the Caribbean Sea was named, live in the Lesser Antilles islands. They are an Amerindian people whose origins lie in the southern West Indies and the northern coast of South America.

 These first inhabitants occupied the present day islands of British Virgin Islands Cuba, Dominica, Grenada, Haiti, Trinidad, and Jamaica. Their foods consisted of vegetables and fruits such as papaw, yams, guavas, and cassava.  The Taino started the process of cooking meat and fish in large clay pots. The Arawaks are the first people known to make a grate of thin green wood strips on which they slowly cooked meat, allowing it to be enhanced by the flavor of the wood.  This grate was called a taken from this early Indian cooking method.The Carib Indians added more spice to their food with hot pepper sauces, and also added lemon and lime juice to their meat and fish recipes.

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