Curry: An Island Spice Favorite

curry: an island spice favorite

Curry is a blend of cooking spices that tend to vary by region. Some of the most common spices in this mixture include turmeric, fenugreek, coriander, cinnamon and ginger. 

While curry is a huge favorite in the Caribbean, it did not originate in that region. It was actually originated by the British during their 18th century involvement in the Indian spice trade. Still while India was the first to adopt it into their culture, it is also quite popular in many other Asian countries. Some of these areas include Thailand, Malaysia, Japan, China, Vietnam and Indonesia.

Curry in the Caribbean

Curry not only originated with the British, but they introduced it to the Caribbean as well. Yet Indians are also credited for acquainting islanders to the spice; mainly because East Indians brought a lot of their culture and traditions to the islands while under an indentured contract with the British, which began in the early mid 1800s. The spice has since become a well-loved and an integral part of Caribbean cuisine. So today it’s a favorite in chicken, mutton, and even seafood favorites, such as shrimp, lobster and fish.


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