Monday, November 21, 2022

Antigua & Barbuda

Next up are the islands of Antigua & Barbuda.  There are so many islands in the Caribbean Sea with amazing history and culture that we were excited to learn about them.  They are not that far (relatively) from where we live, but we don't hear about them very often, so this was a great opportunity.

Antigua is the southernmost island and the most populated (97% of total population).  There are very few people who live on Barbuda (~1,634), all of whom had to be completely evacuated in 2017 due to Hurricane Irma, but most residents have since returned.

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In looking for a way to experience Antigua & Barbuda cuisine, I checked around locally to see if there were any specialty restaurants that could help.  There are a number of Caribbean and specifically Jamaican places, but I did some research online about traditionally Antiguan dishes and couldn't find anyplace that included those in the menu.

Next I tried to find some way to order and ship some Antiguan black pineapple, known as being the sweetest pineapple in the world.  They are only grown in Antigua and are delicate enough that they cannot be transported and so rarely ever leave the island.  I found this to be very true, as I couldn't find it anywhere, even in candied, canned, or preserved form.

By this time, we needed to move on to our next country study, so I settled for ordering tamarind balls from Amazon for us to try.  While these are from Jamaica, it is said that they are an incredibly popular snack in Antigua & Barbuda.

I thought they were delicious, a wonderful combination of sweet and sour.  Our family was divided pretty evenly on who liked them and who didn't finish theirs.  😅

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