Mothers Unearthed Issue: Aster(ix) Journal
Sweet July: Black Joy Through Food: Garden-To-Table Jamaican Traditions
Growing up, I was always immersed in my Jamaican culture, especially through food. Over 30 years ago, my family migrated to the United States from Jamaica and England—and they’ve always made sure to keep a little piece of Jamaica with them no matter how far away they are from home. My grandparents have grown and harvested various types of fruits and vegetables native to the Caribbean over the last three decades. I’ve spent my childhood lending a hand in the harvest for mango season, shelling Gungo peas (also known as pigeon peas), eating oranges from the orange tree on the back patio, and watching my grandmother grind cassava and cut the coconut into small pieces to make bammy. West Indians have a deep, rich love for their cuisine and cultivate that through a garden-to-table experience.