Jamaican cuisine is a melting pot of different culinary styles from all over the world. In order to understand why Jamaican cooking is so unique, one must first learn about its history.
Jamaica was inhabited by Arawak natives when it was invaded by the crew of Christopher Columbus’s second intercontinental maritime voyage. The Arawak lived on native plants, such as corn, guava, callaloo, potatoes, peppers, and beans. They also roasted meat on sticks called barbacoa, which is where barbecuing came from.