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Mushroom, Strawberries, what's next?

Posted by Ramond Powell on

Mushroom, Strawberries, what's next?

Some months ago we were introduced to several farmers growing strawberries in Jamaica. Now we've learned that there are farmers growing mushrooms! What's next, blueberries?. One can only hope...

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Oh, For the Love of Mango!

Posted by Stacey Guyah on

Oh, For the Love of Mango!

  Mango, Mango, Mango! How do I love thee…? let me count the ways…. mango chutney; mango salsa; mango relish; mango jam; mango juice; mango mousse; mango sorbet; mango smoothie.  Served in a salad, or on grilled salmon; with roasted Cornish hen, or pulled pork . . . got the picture? But long before I acquired a taste for mango’s fine fares, I enjoyed the fruit in the conventional way, worms and all! Jamaica has a wide variety of mangoes and I’ve met a few during the carefree days of my youth. In Portland I was introduced to hairy stringy,...

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Sweet Jamaican Strawberries

Posted by Stacey Guyah on

Sweet Jamaican Strawberries

  About a week ago I had my first locally grown strawberry. I was put in contact with the farmer through RADA, which has been a reliable source for finding suppliers for some heavily sought after produce, especially the exotic ones. I imagine I was probably as excited as all the customers who bought out the strawberries within less than a couple hours of them being launched on the website.  We made arrangements to meet up with the supplier in Papine, as he lived all the way in Content, way beyond the St. Andrew Hills. I was pleasantly surprise to...

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The many uses of the Avocado, AKA pear

Posted by Stacey Guyah on

The many uses of the Avocado, AKA pear

So it is pear time . . . or more precisely, avocado time (side note: ever wondered why Jamaicans call it pear?)   The flesh of the avocado has been variously described as oily, buttery, and creamy; it is chock full of nutrients including protein, vitamins, fiber, and potassium.   And the debate rages on as to whether it is a fruit or a vegetable.   For some reason, I cannot tolerate avocado in my diet.  Maybe this is directly attributable to the gluttony with which I once enjoyed the fruit (yes, I am calling it a fruit) during the halcyon...

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About the recent heavy rains and what it means for your food supply

Posted by Stacey Guyah on

About the recent heavy rains and what it means for your food supply

When it comes to farming, the rain can be both a blessing and a curse. No one can argue with how essential water is to agriculture and just about anything else on planet earth, but any farmer will tell you just how devastating too much rain can be. The recent heavy rains resulted in substantial loss of produce for so many of the farmers who supply us. Some produce such as lettuce, bok choy, tomato, cauliflower and quite a few other above ground crops were most affected. Non-greenhouse farmers, which is the majority of farmers in Jamaica, were hardest hit....

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