Photo Wednesday: Charles Town Maroons, Jamaica
I visited the Charles Town Maroons in Portland Jamaica to get some culinary background for my film, “The Jamaican Jerk Tour.” The film deals with evolution of Jamaican jerk cuisine from street food to being served in high brow restaurants worldwide. The man above is a Maroon. He gathered some herbs (known locally as pepper elder and fever grass) to show me the eclectic mix of ingredients the Maroons use for their jerk sauce.
As I walked around the Maroon compound, I swelled with pride. Carvings and paintings of African-Jamaican warriors decorated the compound. The Maroons in Jamaica bested the British in many battles for their freedom. They used the thick forests, rivers and mangroves to lure many soldiers in to ambushed attacks. Their history is strong and well respected in Jamaica.
The Maroons have a different language and cuisine from the rest of Jamaica. They are also a closed society. I was very fortunate to be let on the compound as an “outsider” even though I am Jamaican.