Jamaica's best natural resource might surprise you. Because of the lush, tropical climate, fruit grown on the island is understandably bigger and better in almost every way. While oranges, lemons and other well-known tropical fruits are superb in Jamaica, we highly recommend you try more exotic fruits, such as Sweetsop and Star apples, which aren't always available in the United States.
Chances are you've seen a plantain — even wondered what its purpose was — but never actually tried one. At grocery stores, plantains are usually found next to bananas, except plantains are green while bananas are yellow. Plantains, which need to be cooked before they can be eaten, are native to Jamaica. They are traditionally served fried, topped with butter, salt and pepper — and are absolutely delicious!
As with anything different, some items of Jamaican cuisine take a little getting used to. Traditionally served as a breakfast, the word "escoveitch" refers to a style of preparing fish, which is usually marinated overnight in a sauce created from vinegar, onions, carrots and Jamaica's own scotch bonnet peppers.