February 25, 2024

Yesterday I went grocery shopping and came across Jamaican avocados in the produce section. If you’ve never seen one before, the first thing you’ll notice is how big they are! This species has a smoother, brighter green skin, too.
 
When I first left Jamaica and saw the small avocados that are sold in most North American supermarkets I was shocked. When you come from a small island you’re led to believe that everything is bigger and better somewhere else. During my time, somewhere else was England — the Mother Country — or America. But now I know better. There are many things that are bigger and better in Jamaica, including avocados! In this photo the Mexican avocado looks like a baby beside its mother!
 
In Jamaica, avocados are called pears and are sliced and often eaten on the side of a meal like sliced tomatoes. There are a lot of fruits that you can find in Jamaica that you rarely see outside the tropics. Click here to check out some of my favorite exotic fruits that I grew up eating. So if, by chance, you come across any them in your local supermarket, or on your exotic travels, you’ll dare to try them.
 

I’ve been cooking Jamaican food for my family for more than 50 years! Now I'm teaching my daughter Angela and you how to cook my treasured family recipes! I'm happy to be of service and love hearing from you so don't forget to leave a comment below.

Fay

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