Flavoring Your Island Experience
Once you curl your toes in the warm Jamaican sand, you my friend can no longer be called a mere visitor. Au contraire, you have been initiated into our colourful culture. Grab a drink and allow the sun to wrap you in its embrace. But if you are going to drink, reach for the best Jamaica has to offer. Cool down and stay hydrated under the vibrant rays with the local’s favourite; coconut water.
Loaded with vitamins, minerals, protein and dietary fiber, coconuts are one of the best foods you could ever consume. These nuts were built to do the body good. In Jamaica you won’t have to travel long and far to purchase these amazing superfoods, as they are locally grown and sold in every corner of the Island by cart vendors.
If you intend on stuffing your gut with Jamaica’s richest and most flavorful cuisines, such as our spiced jerk chicken, mouthwatering escoveitched fish and fruit cake for dessert, then drinking coconut water will keep your insides squeaky clean by functioning as a natural detox. It is suggested that choosing coconut water as your only drink for a week is the perfect remedy for cleansing your digestive system and boosting your metabolism. Drinking this refreshing liquid will have you saying goodbye to uncomfortable belly bloating and hello to that lovely yellow bikini.
Being the versatile nuts they are, coconuts are fit for more than just drinking. In their youth they are envied for not only their clear, liquid goodness but also their soft, opaque jelly. After a full year the coconut is mature. The thin jelly becomes thick and hard making it the perfect base for curries, rice and peas, soups, sauces, porridge and desserts such as gizzada and coconut drops.
You know what they say, when you are in Jamaica, do as the Jamaicans do. Coconut is one of Jamaica’s gems. In terms of fruits I’m sure it ranks high, possibly falling second only to the national fruit; ackee. Call me a hypocrite but it is the world’s best and my favourite fruit of all times. This humble, hairy fruit is a mini ninja. It fights diseases, kills hunger and eradicates thirst.
Take it from a proud yardie herself, your vacation will never be the same without experiencing all of what makes this Island such a beautiful and unique destination. You’ve heard about our reggae music which will have you jammin’ on the dance floor. Our native tongue will have you wanting to hear more. And our ‘tek it easy and chill’ attitude will have you letting your hair down. With caution to the wind, ambitions and insecurities miles away, Jamaica provides the ideal vacation atmosphere. Grab your coconut water and take it all in. There is so much more to discover in Jamaica; the land of wood and water.