Padma Lakshmi Gets A Taste Of Jamaica
(Photo: IG: @padmalakshmi)

Renowned Indian-born American author, Emmy-nominated producer, television host, and food expert Padma Lakshmi recently embarked on a culinary exploration of The Rock. While attending the 15th staging of the Calabash Literary Festival at the picturesque Jakes Hotel in Treasure Beach, St Elizabeth — which ran May 26-28 — Lakshmi discovered nearby at the Jack Sprat Restaurant a tropical delight that left her speechless — the Bombay mango. In an Instagram/Twitter recording, she shared her experience with her 1.4 million followers, highlighting the unique flavour profile of the mango and indulging in other Jamaican culinary delights such as jerk chicken, grilled pineapple, and plantains.

The Allure of the Bombay Mango:

Originating from India and introduced to Jamaica by Indian indentured labourers during the 19th century, the Bombay mango is a beloved species. Known for its vibrant orange colour, smooth texture, and irresistible sweetness, this mango variety is a true tropical treasure. As Lakshmi held the mango to her lips, the succulent flesh burst with flavours, giving her the true tropical paradise experience.

A Taste Sensation: Jerk Chicken:

Padma Lakshmi also enjoyed one of the country's most iconic dishes — jerk chicken (It's a must-try once you've landed on The Rock). Jerk is a unique cooking technique where meat, traditionally chicken or pork, is marinated with a blend of spices, including, Scotch bonnet peppers, thyme, scallion and garlic, and then slow-cooked over pimento wood (some wash the grill with the classic Red Stripe Beer). The result is a smoky, spicy, and incredibly flavourful chicken that tantalises the taste buds. In the words of Lakshmi herself, "The pepper sauce used on the jerk chicken can go on anything!"

Lakshmi's visit to Jamaica not only allowed her to engage with the vibrant local literary scene but also offered her a chance to delve into the island's rich culinary heritage. Through her Instagram recording, she shared her awe and delight at the discovery of the local delicacies. without a doubt, her foodie following was living vicariously through her.

Indian-born American author, Emmy-nominated producer, television host, and food expert Padma Lakshmi tried the Bombay mango. (Photo: IG: @padmalakshmi)
It's a taste of delight for Lakshmi. (Photo: IG: @padmalakshmi)
Bombay mangoes (Photo: IG: @padmalakshmi)
Jerk chicken, grilled pineapple, and plantains from Jakes Treasure Beach (Photo: IG: @padmalakshmi)
Lakshmi helped herself to jerk chicken, grilled pineapple, and plantains at Jakes Treasure Beach. (Photo: IG: @padmalakshmi)

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