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Caribbean

Caribbean food has gone through a fusion process more intricate than many areas of the globe. Its role in the spice trade, and its location as a central stopping ground for Spanish, British, French, Dutch, African, Indonesian, and Chinese travelers, has shaped the current cuisine of the islands. Ingredients from surrounding areas (such as Jamaica, Mexico, and Cuba) are also woven into the dishes. The islands were originally inhabited by the Arawaks and Caribs, two Native American tribes. The Caribs have been credited with introducing chile peppers to cooking to spice up their food. The Arawaks used native green sticks, called “barbacoa,” to grill food—and, thus, began modern barbecue techniques. These cooking methods were used with native and cultivated crops of yams, corn, cassava, peanuts, taro root, guavas, pineapple, black-eyed peas, and lima beans. Later, Columbus introduced sugarcane (rum!), and was followed by other European colonists that introduced coconut, chick-peas, cilantro, eggplant, onions, garlic, oranges, limes, mangoes, rice, coffee, okra, pigeon peas, plantains, breadfruit, and ackee. Other regional additions include: potatoes and passion fruit from South America, and papaya, avocado, chayote and cocoa from Mexico. Keeping these influences in mind, you can see how hard it is to define Caribbean cuisine. Through the years, most spices made their way through the islands and were incorporated into the food. Likewise, most fruits and chile peppers that grow in the Western hemisphere have been adopted. The following list includes many ingredients commonly used in Caribbean cooking.

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A complex and saccharine bouquet of clove, cinnamon and nutmeg flavors. This a favorite secret ingredient in many BBQ recipes. Allspice... Size Options
$5.49 Glass jar, 1/2 cup (wt. 1.5 oz)
Also known as achiote, these pungent red seeds come from the annato tree. Annatto seeds are used to impart a bright golden color to oils,... Size Options
$3.99 Glass jar, 1/2 cup (wt. 3.0 oz)
This arrowroot flour is a wonderful, clear thickener used in gravies, sauces and pie fillings. This arrowroot starch is gluten-free, and... Size Options
$5.49 Glass jar, 1/2 cup (wt. 2.4 oz)
This barbeque seasoning is full of spices that are grown in and loved by those in the Caribbean. The rich flavors of allspice, paprika,... Size Options
$5.99 Glass jar, 1/2 cup (wt. 2.6 oz)
Spicy West Indies Barbeque Seasoning features the spices loved and grown in the Caribbean: allspice and nutmeg. This sweet and spicy... Size Options
$5.99 Glass jar, 1/2 cup (wt. 3.0 oz)
Caribbean Calypso Seasoning highlights citrus flavors that are well-loved on the islands: lime, lemon and orange. We blend these bright... Size Options
$6.49 Glass jar, 1/2 cup (wt. 2.6 oz)
Jalapenos are one of the most popular peppers in the chili family, with a clean, sharp heat that compliments other flavors and dissipates... Size Options
$6.99 Glass jar, 1/2 cup (wt. 2.0 oz)
Averaging 1.2 million Scoville Heat Units, this fiery little pepper is one of the World’s Hottest Pepper. Their tangy, fruity flavor will... Size Options
$6.49 Resealable bag, trinidad moruga (0.5 ounce)
Packing a fiery punch, habaneros are essential to Caribbean cuisine. These fruity peppers clock in at a scorching 200,000 Scoville units,... Size Options
$2.99 Resealable bag, 0.5 ounce
Very fine garlic powder has a texture like flour, releasing its flavor much more quickly than with regular granulated garlic. It clings... Size Options
$4.49 Glass jar, 1/2 cup (wt. 3.0 oz)
Ginger root has a sharply sweet, warm flavor that’s called for in both sweet and savory recipes around the world. These whole dehydrated... Size Options
$3.99 Resealable bag, 4 ounce
Dried hibiscus flowers have a gorgeous deep pink color and an intense sweet-tart fruity flavor, wonderful in tea, preserves, and baked... Size Options
$3.99 Glass jar, 1/2 cup (wt. 0.8 oz)
A Spice Boss favorite, this blend is a real Caribbean kicker. This Caribbean jerk seasoning pack sweet, spicy heat that's ready for the... Size Options
$6.49 Glass jar, 1/2 cup (wt. 2.8 oz)
Mace spice, which comes from the same tropical fruit that produces nutmeg, has a softer, fruitier flavor than nutmeg. This finely... Size Options
$11.99 Glass jar, 1/2 cup (wt. 2.0 oz)
The sweet, earthy, piney flavor of nutmeg is called for in both sweet and savory dishes in cuisines worldwide. These beautiful whole... Size Options
$15.49 Resealable bag, 4 ounce (25-30 seeds)
This recipe came to us from a Caribbean actor who was in Milwaukee on a tour. Once he claimed his mother made the best fried chicken on... Size Options
$6.49 Glass jar, 1/2 cup (wt. 3.0 oz)