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Cuisine in St Kitts & Nevis


There are many St Kitts & Nevis cuisines which are made after Puerto Rican recipes and with Puerto Rican ingredients such as sofrito, a condiment mix based on onions, green bell peppers, red bell peppers, cilantro, recao and garlic. Meat is usually seasoned with adobo, a mix of salt, onion garlic, garlic powder, and ground black pepper. The most common dish in St Kitts & Nevis is white rice with beans usually served with seafood.

With its rich soil, St Kitts & Nevis grow a wide variety of fresh produce. Abundant seafood and meats such as goat add to the diet. The style of cooking is fairly simple, flavoured much like other West Indian cuisine. Goat water stew, perhaps the country's most well-known dish, mixes goat, breadfruit, green paw paw (papaya), and dumplings (also known as "droppers") in a tomato-based stew.

Another favourite dish is cook-up, or pelau, which combines chicken, pig tail, saltfish and vegetables with rice and pigeon peas. Conkies bear a large similarity to tamales, though instead of having filling rolled inside the dough, the cornmeal is mixed together with grated sweet potato, pumpkin, coconut, and a few other ingredients; after wrapping the dough in banana leaves, they're boiled rather than steamed.

There are plenty West Indian dishes which are very popular in St Kitts & Nevis like those which include curried chicken, potato, shrimp, and goat, duck or beef. These spicy dishes regularly come with the added options of curried mango, chataigne, channa (chick peas) pumpkin or mango kuchela. Local dishes are prepared with a variety of vegetables, tropical fruits and greens, and more likely with seafood or fish.

Desserts tend to be simple, sometimes with nothing more than fruit, like tamarind or guava, and sugar.


Rum is as popular on St Kitts & Nevis as it is throughout the Caribbean. The Brinley Gold Company manufactures rum on St Kitts, with such distinctive flavours as coffee, mango and vanilla. But the national drink is actually Cane Spirits Rothschild (often abbreviated to CSR), distilled from fresh sugar cane. Belmont Estate and St Kitts Rum also make rum on the island. In addition several of the beach bars will provide moonshine rum produced by individuals with home-made stills.





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