1. Flying Fish
Flying fish are a large part of Bajan cultural heritage and identity – so much so that the fish are featured in the island's National Dish. The fish can be served steamed, fried, pickled, in between bread (for a traditional Bajan Flying Fish Cutter visit The Carriage House, the poolside restaurant of The Crane), or as a side – the options are endless, as is the flavour, and we would think - your requests for more!
The second part of Barbados' National Dish can be made from either cornmeal and okra or from breadfruit and green bananas.Topped with tomatoes, onions and peppers, cou-cou is delicious and when paired with the flying fish, it’s game over.
While not a food, Mauby is a drink made from the bark of trees native to the Caribbean. Bajans love the unique and bitter-sweet flavour, and it has been said to resemble the taste of root beer. It’s usually mixed with sugar, essence and spices such as cinnamon.
4. Pudding and Souse
Bajan people are known as “pork mouths” and it’s thus not surprising that one of our favourite dishes is pudding and souse – a dish made from cuts of pork. The pudding is made from the intestines of the pig which is stuffed with a blend of seasoning and sweet potato. The souse part of the dish is boiled pig’s head or feet, served cold with onions, cucumbers, limes, parsley, and hot and sweet peppers. Definitely one of the more interesting and unique meals to try!
For those with a sweet tooth, conkies are a sweet cornmeal delicacy. Served hot, this Bajan favourite is mix of cornmeal, raisins, coconut, sweet potato, pumpkin, and spices, all of which are wrapped up and steamed in banana leaves.
6. Coconut Bread
Coconut bread also goes by the nickname “sweet bread” as it is known to be one of the sweetest Bajan foods there is. The main ingredients are coconut, sugar, mixed spices and occasionally raisins.
Sea-eggs, also known as sea urchins, are diverse and common in Barbados. There are 17 different species around Barbados, but the one that has become a delicacy is the White Sea Egg. There is a prohibition on harvesting sea eggs for the majority of the year. For a different culinary experience, try it out in The Crane's Zen Restaurant for a limited time only.
8. Rum Cake
While Barbados might have a reputation for rum, it might be a lesser known fact that it’s not just consumed as a drink. Black cake or rum cake is a local favourite and is a variation of traditional fruit cake. Rum cake consists of spices, dried fruits, nuts, citrus peel, sugar, eggs, and of course, rum.
9. Ginger Beer
While Bajans do love our alcohol, ginger beer is a non-alcoholic beverage, indigenous to the island. Generally consisting of sugar, water, ginger, and lemon juice, ginger beer is a household delight.
Bakes are known as “survival food" as they consist of only 3 ingredients and can be prepared very quickly and easily. Made from just sugar, water and flour, bakes resemble flat muffins. While they seem simple, they taste great and are a traditional Bajan favourite.
Is your mouth watering yet? Keep this list of top 10 foods you must try when in Barbados handy, as you’ll be needing it on
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