Caribbean Motivated Garden

The sights, smells and sounds of a Caribbean getaway may be beyond your means, but you can grow a Caribbean-inspired garden yourself and at least enjoy the flora of the region. Food and family are at the heart of Caribbean life, and there is no better way to enjoy them at home than to grow plants that are at the heart of the Island’s dishes. The classic herbs, vegetables and spicy peppers that characterize Caribbean cuisine are all available from the Caribbean Garden Seed Company. These plants will not only enhance your kitchen, but will brighten up the garden with their bright colors and attractive greenery.

Most of the foods that the indigenous Caribs enjoy come from many cultural influences. The British, the Scots, the Dutch, the Africans and even the Asians have all left a culinary influence that endures in the creative dishes of the Islands. Taking advantage of these flavors in the garden, your family can enjoy dishes like chicken, pepper stew and Jamaican pumpkin soup. You can even try growing Jamaican coffee, a drink appreciated for its richness.

Local traditions combined with European and African flavors have shaped the Palate of the tropical region. Caribbean Seed Company specializes in organic and non-GMO seeds and spices dedicated to a Caribbean or Jamaican-inspired garden, but they also carry many bulbs, roots, fruit trees, flowers and ornamental plants. If you want to start with something that you will use every morning, try growing a Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee tree. This is a dwarf Arabian tree with star-shaped sweet flowers that turn into green fruits.

Once ripe and blushed black, each fruit has two seeds that can be roasted and turned into a delicious coffee. Herbs like Vietnamese coriander, Jamaican ginger and Amaranth add island flavors to any recipe. Greens add depth or Caribbean notes to stews in fresh salads. Chinese spinach is one of those useful and easy-to-grow plants in a variety of recipes. When you think of tropical islands, beautiful fruits come to mind with blue skies and dazzling white beaches. Avocado, jackfruit, yellow passion fruit, Turkey berry plant, cashews, cream apple, Naseberry and red papayas are all available for shipping.

Jamaican sorrel is a hibiscus that produces an edible flower calyx that is often made into a soothing Smoothie. The flowers of this plant are awesome, and the fruit itself is Ruby red. Squash plays a leading role in Caribbean cuisine. In regions with long growing seasons, plants such as Iranian squash, bitter melon and Jamaican squash add authenticity to soups and stews. What Caribbean menu would be complete without loggerhead peas? Different varieties, as well as dried beans and even lentils, add protein and dimension to the Island-inspired menus. We haven’t fully explored Caribbean cuisine without talking about peppers.

Their use varies from slightly spicy to fiery and is the main theme of a number of island dishes. Almost no recipe can do without at least one type of pepper to spice it up and warm the palate. Scotch Bonnet fruits are one of the hottest, but scorpio can have an even higher Scoville index. An indigenous heritage, Jamaican bird peppers are adorable little red fruits, but they are always worth it. There are many varieties of Habanero crosses that give food a robust warmth.