About the food of Guyana

Port Kaituma, the gateway to gold mining in the remote jungles of Guyana

Welcome to Guyana – where you can eat a plate of curry [Recipe] with a side of chow mein [Recipe]. What a combination. What a melting pot. What time do we eat? Oh, and did I mention Guyana is in South America? Yep. This rugged country plates up food from halfway across the world thanks to the influence of British colonizers.

Take a stroll down her sandy shores – deep tan like crushed graham crackers – or climb the plateaus in the west; either way you’ll quickly learn why Guyana is called the land of many waters. Rivers swim across the countryside, producing spectacular waterfalls which thread through jungle, and mountain, and cloud.

Boats on Berbice River | Orinduik Falls

The Guyanese eat a lot more like the peoples of the Caribbean than South Americans. Case in point: their love of curry. They even season their food with the same Green Seasoning that heats up the food across the islands (a firey hot blend of habeneros, celery, garlic, onion, thyme, and more) [Recipe]. Tourists everywhere cry when they taste this stuff. In a good way.

Georgetown, Guyana | The flag of Guyana flies high at Caribbean festival

If you take a peek in Starbroek market in the captial, you’ll find over 1000 stalls with vendors displaying mouth-watering produce. For starters, Guyanese eat yucca like crazy (a.k.a. cassava). Later today I’ll be sharing a video I found all about this on twitter. Stay tuned! They even make a dark liquid out of the juices called casareep, used to season many dishes and stews, such as pepperpot. They also adore mangoes, pineapples, bananas, and other tropical fruit. Many will mash them up into smoothies or even chilled soups [Recipe]. Tasty.

Mountains near Lethem, Guyana

Photos: Madmack66, Merlinthewizard, LoozrboyJodybwiki, CIA World Factbook.
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Comments

  1. wow…so interesting…never knew this existed and I was in Venezuela as well as the Amazon…
    Curry is the best….Indian influence? Handsome people…not small. I need more recipes for Curry…Tumeric is such a healthy spice…

    • Sasha Martin says:

      When you went it was possibly still a colony – gained independence in 66. Ok, maybe not ;)

  2. Jessica Bennett says:

    Guyana is one of those countries where I know nothing about their cuisine. I would have thought they would have some Dutch influences too. So, will you be making a yucca dish?

    • Sasha Martin says:

      No, I don’t want to jinx last week’s success. I’m going to sit in the glow of that one for a while, even if it was spectacularly easy – always celebrate life’s wins, no matter how minor. :) Oh, make sure you watch that video on twitter. So fascinating.

      • I’m Guyanese. Thank you for mentioning us. There is a delicious cassava pone and cassava ball that we make.
        I have just found your site and will be trying a few of your recipes. They sound yummy.

  3. Curry and chow mein? Sounds like my kind of place!

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