Are you yearning to learn how to cook authentic Jamaican food? If you do then a visit to Jamaica can be a great culinary adventure. Jamaica’s motto “Out of Many One People” summarizes the variety of culture and foods in Jamaica. You will find here a variety of foods which are varied as the people and scenery. Jamaica’s food is a melting pot of all the cultures brought here during slavery and the plantation Era. Out of this experience came a unique blend which is truly Jamaican.
Before you can start your cooking classes you’ll first have to take a trip to the market and buy your fruits and vegetables.
Shopping at the Local Market in Jamaica
If you are looking to get the best fresh fruits and vegetables at the lowest prices in Jamaica, you’ll have to visit one of the many street markets or traditional ones. Going to the market will be a unique experience as you’ll meet the market vendors called ‘Higglers’
Get ready to shop like you have never shopped before.
The first thing that will grab your attention will be the energy around you. Music will be blasting from several corners of the market while multiple conversations will be going on. If you are thinking that this is exciting… there’s more as you’ll see boys and men of all ages pushing home-made carts laden with produce from one end of the market to another. It is a bee-hive of activity…
Now if you are ready to buy, you’ll be attracted to some of the most colorful, attractive and juicy looking foods but the price you’ll pay will depend on how you can bargain. Ask the price first and pretend to walk away but do not walk too fast as the Higgler will call you back and give you her best prices.
This is Jamaican market life and one you’ll never forget.
Summary of Fees & Other Costs
- Transfer cost US$40.00
- Cost to purchase ingredients $25 – 35