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Caribbean cuisine reflects the mixed origins of its recipes, from African influences to Portuguese, French, Spanish, Latin American, and in some cases, even Chinese and Jewish roots.
Caribbean Flavor Stories
Explore easy ways to use these herbs and spices for delicious Caribbean flavor.
McCormick's pure thyme is an essential and versatile herb. Just a few sprinkles will fill the kitchen with a sweet aroma and robust flavor, the perfect addition to all types of recipes. Use it as a seasoning on meat or in soups with rice for a rich, full Caribbean flavor. Try McCormick Ground Thyme or McCormick Thyme Leaves.
Cumin is a part of many spices blends across the Caribbean. Rich and earthy with a hint of citrus, cumin pairs wonderfully with beans and fatty meats. Try McCormick Ground Cumin or McCormick Cumin Seed.
Indigenous to the Caribbean and Central America, allspice is the dried, unripe fruit of Pimenta dioica, an evergreen tree. Caribbean cuisine features allspice in many dishes, including meat and sweet potato stews. Sweet and spicy, this Caribbean native is a key player in Jamaican jerk seasoning. It combines the warm flavors of cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg. You’ll know your allspice is fresh if the aroma of the crushed berries brings to mind the sunny warmth of the Caribbean. Try McCormick Ground Allspice or McCormick Whole Allspice.
From spicy beef patties to jerk chicken, red pepper spices up food all over the islands of the Caribbean. Try McCormick Ground Cayenne Red Pepper.
Cinnamon is not only a part of Caribbean desserts, it's also a typical ingredient in jerk seasonings and marinades. Try McCormick Ground Cinnamon.
Nutmeg is used in rum based cocktails as well as savory sauces across the Caribbean. Try McCormick Ground Nutmeg.
Caribbean kitchens are no strangers to the gentle fire and spice of ginger. You’ll find it in everything from drinks made with ginger beer to meat and sweet potato stews. Its pungent aroma is one of the reasons Jamaican jerk seasoning smells so enticing on and off the grill. Try McCormick Ground Ginger.
This member of the ginger family is a common ingredient in spice blends from the Caribbean. Try McCormick Ground Turmeric.
Switch up some of the herbs and spices for a different take on your favorite dish.