The Caribbean

Barbados, Jamaica, and Cuba

Main agriculture products

Barbados: About 3/4ths of the land is arable, and most of it is planted with sugarcane.

Jamaica: Their main crop is sugar, but oranges, coconuts and bananas are also important.

Cuba: Potatos, cabbages, beans and pepper are among the more prevalant crops.

Native customs and/or beliefs

Barbados: Special occasions often call for pudding and souse, the first a spicy mashed sweet potato encased in pigs belly, and the second a boiled pig's head served with onions, peppers, cucumbers, and lime.

Jamaica: Rice is a universal ceremonial food. Several African-religious sects use goats for sacrifice, and in Kumina, an Afro-religious practice, goat blood is mixed with rum and drunk.

Cuba: Cubans are very fond of sweets, and a cake is a special treat normally reserved for birthdays, similar to the US. Ice cream is also a special treat; the national ice cream manufacturer "Copelia" is quite renowned for its very fine ice cream, and is believed to be the best in the world.

Foods eaten for holiday celebrations

Alex P B4 3/5/14