6 Famous Sweet Dessert You must Eat while In Jamaica
Jamaica is known for it's many sweet tropical delights, from black cake to gizzada. Favorite ones include Sweet Potato Pudding, Coconut Drops, Grater Cake, Blue Drawers and Tamarind Balls.
Jamaica has a rich and varied culture, and a very strong sense of self-identity. This island country, located in the Caribbean Sea, is known for many things including its scenic beauty and exotic cuisine. Much like its culture, the cuisine of Jamaica is also a wonderful blend of varied influences, spices, flavors, and cooking methods. Jamaican dishes are very hot and spicy. The use of strong spices and various aromatic herbs in the recipes have made Jamaican dishes very popular throughout the world. Their national dish is Ackee and Saltfish. The spicy jerk pork and jerk chicken are also favorites.
Jamaican jerk is world famous but the country also has a wide range of traditional desserts that feature prominently in the local diet. Here are the best 6 Jamaican sweet treats that you must try.
Some Sweet Desserts of the Jamaicans:
Sweet Potato Pudding
This traditional dessert is widely served in restaurants and hotels all over the island. As the name suggests, the main ingredient is the sweet potato which is mixed with sugar, spices, coconut milk, and a small amount of flour to add texture. It is ready for eating after baking for one hour.
This is a sweet dessert consisting mainly of coconut and flour. Grated coconut flakes are boiled with brown sugar into a thick stew seasoned with spices like nutmeg and cinnamon. The mixture is then poured onto a 2-3 inch pie base and some cooks use a fork to make decorative patterns on the pie base before baking for 15 minutes.
Coconut ‘Drops’ is a very Popular dessert in Jamaica. The coconut is cut into small pieces and boiled in brown sugar with added spices. Traditionally, a banana leaf is used but a greased tray can substitute to ‘drop’ the hot mixture into 2 inch cakes. It hardens as it cools and is ready for eating immediately.
The grater cake usually has very high sugar content and should only be consumed in limited amounts. Dried coconut is peeled and stripped of the brown skin, then finely grated and boiled with granulated sugar. The mixture is then separated into two portions with red food colouring added to one portion. Pour the white portion into a greased tray, then spoon small red toppings according to desired size of each cake. Allow it to cool before cutting.
Also known as Dukoonoo and Tie-a-leaf, this dessert is a delicious blend of green bananas, sweet potatoes, grated coconut, brown sugar and a range of spices. Traditionally, the mixture is spooned into green leaves from the banana plant and expertly tied together before boiling for 45 minutes to an hour.
A popular treat for children at summer time, tamarind balls are made by mixing the tamarind fruit with generous amounts of sugar and rolling into 1/2 inch balls. A little rum might be added to preserve the treat.