THE CARIBBEAN: CUISINE

Because each country in the Caribbean has its own unique history, the foods chosen and prepared are unique to each one.  Cuban cooking is a mixture of Spanish, French, African, Chinese, and Portuguese while Jamaican cooking is a combination of African, European, Chinese, and Indian.

From the lush tropical vegetation of the Caribbean comes an astounding array of fruit.  There are papayas, passion fruit, bananas, figs, limes, coconuts, breadfruit, sapodilla, tamarind, and guava to name a few.

Vegetables are in also in abundance.  Yams, pumpkins, yucca, callahoo, okra, tomatoes, and sweet potatoes are among them.  Beans such as black beans and pigeon peas are popular.

Chicken, pork, goat, and lamb are popular meats.  They are prepared differently in each country.  Fresh fish are also caught daily including bass, wahoo, grouper, mackerel, and dolphin.  They are grilled, baked, or served in chowders and stews.

Write the answers to the measurement questions and then find the answers to the Caribbean food riddles.

 A = 12 N = 180 B = 36 O = 52 C = 3 P = 365 D = 32 Q = 1000 E = 212 R = 100 F = 8 S = 30 G = 2 T = 31 H = 4 U = 45 I = 16 V = 10 J = 2000 W = 5280 K = 60 X = 1760 L = 24 Y = 0 M = 7 Z = 9

1. There are ________________ weeks in a year.
2  There are _______________pounds in a ton.
3. Freezing temperature Fahrenheit is _________ degrees.
4. ____________ quarts in a gallon.
5. ____________ pints in a gallon.
6. There are __________ inches in a foot.
7. There are __________ centimeters in a meter.
8. There are __________ feet in a mile.
9. July has _______ days.
10. There are ________ days in a year.
11. There are ________ days in a week.
12. September has __________days.
13. There are __________ pints in a quart.
14. ___________ feet are in a yard.
15. There are ________ hours in a day.
16. Freezing temperature Celsius is __________.
17. There are __________ minutes in 3/4 hour.
18. _________ is boiling temperature Fahrenheit.
19. There are _____minutes in 3 hours.
20. __________ feet are in 3 yards.
21. There are ________ decimeters in 1 meter.
22. There are ________ quarts in 4 gallons.
23. ___________ inches are in one yard.
24. There are _______ meters in a kilometer.
25. There are _______ seconds in 1 minute.
26. _______ yards are in one mile.

This fruit is similar to a banana and can be eaten grilled, fried, prepared as crispy chips or baked in meat pies.
____  ____  ____  ____  ____  ____  ____  ___
365    24      12       180    31       12      16      180

This large, green fruit was brought to Jamaica by Captain Bligh in 1751.  His earlier attempt to do so caused the famous "Mutiny on the Bounty" because he wanted to water his seeds so he denied his men water.
____  ____  ____  ____  ____ ____  ____  ____  ____  ____
36      100    212    12       32     8       100      45     16      31

This is a boiled pudding filled with fruit.  It has a cake-like consistency and is eaten with sauce.
____ ____  ____  ____  ____         ____  ____  ____  ____
2       45     12       10      12              32       45      8        8

Many dishes use this as their basis.  Onions, green peppers, garlic, oregano, and black pepper are quick fried in olive oil.
____  ____  ____  ____  ____  ____  ____
30        52      8       100     16      31    52

This fruit looks like a large brown grape.  It is used to flavor candy.
____  ____  ____  ____  ____  ____
2000    45      2000   45     36       212

This is a root vegetable similar to potatoes.
____  ____  ____  ____  ____  ____  ____
7        12     24      12       180    2      12

This meat is spiced and slow cooked.  It is sold on every street corner.
____  ____  ____  ____          ____  ____  ____  ____  ____  ____  ____
2000    212    100    60               3        4        16       3       60    212   180

Caribbean Cuisine Solutions

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