The Tainos, the ancient people of Jamaica, preserved meat by mixing peppers, allspice and sea salt, a condiment now known as Jamaican jerk spice. Along with influences from British colonists, African immigrants and others, jerk is one of the focal points of modern Jamaican cuisine.
Jamaicans love a good meal, and good meals are here to be had. Primary ingredients of the island's diet are fish, chicken, vegetables, exotic fruit, and pepper-based spices, either light or flame-throwing. The diet is truly Jamaican these days, with traces of African and post-British colonial influence mixed throughout.
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