Category Archives: Cuisine – Foods

The amazing Calabash of Guyana – By Dmitri Allicock

THE AMAZING CALABASH OF GUYANA

By Dmitri Allicock

Calabash

Calabash Tree

The calabash was one of the first cultivated plants in the world, grown not primarily for food, but for use as a water container. The bottle gourd may have been carried from Africa to Asia, Europe and the Americas in the course of human migration.

This tough prehistoric stubby looking tree belongs to the family Bignoniaceae and is rarely seen much taller than 15 feet with a leafy canopy that provide a natural shady cool playground for Guyanese children. Continue reading

Cuban ambassador tours Barbados cassava projects

Cuban ambassador tours Barbados cassava projects
Published on June 24, 2014 Caribbean News Now
cassavaAmbassador Lissette Bárbara Pérez Pérez of Cuba (centre) and Dr J.R. Deep Ford, FAO Subregional Coordinator (right) take a closer look at a local cassava crop in Barbados

 

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — In its ongoing effort to address the region’s mounting $US4 billion-plus annual food import bill, the Food and Agriculture Organization, in close collaboration with other regional agricultural agencies, has identified cassava development as a key pillar of its programme of assistance.

In this regard, FAO, Caribbean Agriculture Research and Development Institute (CARDI), and the Barbados Ministry of Agriculture, mounted a recent field trip with the ambassador of Cuba to Barbados, Lissette Bárbara Pérez Pérez. The aim is to develop a south-south cooperation program of assistance to develop a cassava industry in Barbados and the Caribbean. Continue reading

CIMBUX 25th Anniv. Souse Party – Washington DC- July 12, 2014

Our Annual Souse Party 2014(2) comp

Guyanese will have to curb their appetite for “Foreign” goods – Ralph Seeram

GUYANESE WILL HAVE TO CURB THEIR APPETITE FOR ALL THINGS “FOREIGN”

JUNE 15, 2014 | BY KNEWS – From the Diaspora…

By Ralph Seeram
Dominating the news this week is the Guyana Government’s concern over the decline in gold production, or to be more exact the decline in gold declarations. The government has discovered that large scale smuggling is responsible for the drop in declarations.
Why is this a surprise? I am sure that the government knew gold smuggling has been going on. The problem is being brought to light now because it’s now hitting the government where it hurts: “in the pocket”.
Low declarations together with declining world prices for gold is robbing the country of valuable foreign currency and increasing the deficit in balance of trade. I spoke about this dependence on gold to drive the economy some time ago, so here’s a repeat of that article.
I picked up the bottle of pepper sauce that said Guyanese Pepper Sauce and bought my brown sugar, (I do not use processed white sugar). I try to buy Guyanese made products, not only out of  Guyanese pride but I know buying Guyanese made products creates jobs for Guyanese while earning export dollars for the country. I would later discover to my surprise the “fine print” said made in Trinidad. Continue reading

U.S. President Lauds Caribbean Immigrants As Caribbean-American Heritage Month Begins

U.S. President Lauds Caribbean Immigrants As Caribbean-American Heritage Month Begins

 Jun 01 2014 // CaribbeanFeatured –  NEWS AMERICAS
Photo: The West Indian American Day Carnival in Brooklyn, which kicks off officially this month, draws over a million Caribbean nationals to Brooklyn each September.

brooklyn-carnival

News Americas, WASHINGTON, D.C., Mon. June 2, 2014: U.S. President Barack Obama is paying tribute to Caribbean Americans in the United States as the eight annual National Caribbean-American Heritage Month kicked off on June 1, 2014.

Obama recognized the contributions of Caribbean Americans in the United States to every aspect of the society, including science, medicine, business and the arts.  Continue reading

St. Stanislaus College Alumni Toronto – Annual CaribJam Fete – August 1, 2014

Caribjam 2014 E-flyer_a

USA Ackee ban remains in effect

USA Ackee ban remains in effect

ackee-tree

By NewsAmericaNow

News Americas, WASHINGTON, D.C., Fri. April 18, 2014:  While many Jamaican nationals may look forward with longing to ackee and saltfish this Easter weekend, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is recommending seizure or import refusal of canned, frozen and other ackee products.

The ackee fruit which is harvested from the ackee tree (Blighia sapida), is native to West Africa, but is also found in Central and South America, many Caribbean countries including Jamaica, and southern Florida.

It contains the toxin hypoglycin A, which drops to negligible levels in the edible portion of the fruit when it is fully ripe,, making them safe to consume . However, the rind and seeds still have high levels of hypoglycin A when the fruit is fully ripe and should not be consumed.  Continue reading

Guyana Independence Festival- A Taste of Guyana- Toronto – June 22, 2014

Guyana Independence - Vaughn event

The Secrets of Sugar – The Fifth Estate – CBC News

The Secrets of Sugar – The Fifth Estate – CBC News

Published on Oct 6, 2013 –  We’ve heard about the dangers of eating too much fat or salt. But there has never been a warning about sugar on our food labels – despite emerging research that suggests the sweet stuff is making more of us fat and sick. 

NY Tutorial Support Group Breakfast – April 12, 2014. Brooklyn

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