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    21 Delicious Foods From Barbados Everyone Should Know And Love

    Bread and two for life.

    1. Cou cou

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    What it is: Similar to grits, this is part of the national dish of Barbados – flying fish and cou cou. It's made with cornmeal and okra, and is served with flying fish and gravy.

    Why you should try it: On its own, it's a staple dish that can be added to most any meal with meat and fish to give it a bit more heft.

    Get a recipe here.

    2. Flying fish

    3. Rice and peas

    4. Salt bread

    5. Cutters

    6. Fish cakes

    7. Macaroni pie

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    What it is: Macaroni pie is a rich, baked mac and cheese. Instead of elbow macaroni, it's made with tubed macaroni noodles that are broken and mixed with cheese, herbs and spices, onion, and a mix of ketchup and yellow mustard. Some people substitute the ketchup mix with diced tomatoes and also incorporate chunks of meat into it. It's usually served as a side to flying fish or meat.

    Why you should try it: It's mac and cheese x10 – a decadent, baked pasta and cheese dish.

    Get a recipe here.

    8. Pudding and souse

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    What it is: The “pudding” in this dish is made with pounded sweet potatoes that are mixed with onions, salt, and pepper. It's then stuffed into a clean pig intestine and tied off — similar to a sausage. It's then cooked in a boiling pot of water. The “souse” is made up of parts of the pig that are pickled – the feet, snout, or ears. It's sometimes served with a picked cucumber on the side.

    Why you should try it: It's a delicacy that makes sure no food goes to waste.

    Get a recipe here.

    9. Conkies

    10. Breadfruit

    What it is: This may be a strange looking fruit, but it's a very nutritious, starchy one. Breadfruit is plentiful around the island – there are trees on almost every corner. They're often served as a side to steamed fish.

    Why you should try it: Whether it's boiled, baked, crushed or made into chips, breadfruit can be transformed in a number of ways – all ones you should try.

    Get a recipe here.

    11. Rum punch

    12. Sweet bread

    13. Bajan black cake

    14. Pepperpot

    15. Bakes

    16. Sea eggs

    What it is: A species of sea urchin, sea eggs (also referred to as “white sea eggs”) are plucked right from the ocean floor. They can be eaten raw, but most folks fry or stew it. It's an acquired taste.

    Why you should try it: It's a very unique dish that'll expand your palate.

    Get a recipe here.

    17. Jug jug

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    What it is: Said to be a derivative of the Scottish dish haggis, jug jug is made up of smashed pigeon peas which is then mixed with pork, beef, hot pepper, corn, onions, thyme, and sometimes includes chopped okra. It's a rich and savory dish that's popular with older generations of Bajans and usually served with boiled ham.

    Why you should try it: Traditionally, it's served around Christmas time, which makes it an instant reminder of the holidays.

    Get a recipe here.

    18. Cassava pone

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    What it is: Cassava pone is sort of like a gummy cake. Most of it is made from cassava flour which comes from the cassava root. It's slightly sweet but not as sugary as other baked goods on the island. Like many other Bajan dishes, some dress this one up by adding raisins, while others add carrots.

    Why you should try it: It's not overwhelmingly sweet, which makes it a good dessert for those who want something with a little less richness that Bajan food is known for.

    Get a recipe here.

    19. Mauby drink

    20. Guava cheese

    21. Chicken curry

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    What it is: What makes this chicken curry extra special is the Bajan seasoning, which is used in many other dishes for meat, as well as a stuffing. It's usually served over rice or with roti, a flat bread.

    Why you should try it: Bajan curry chicken has the kick of curry with the signature earthy, oniony, peppery taste of Bajan seasoning that makes this dish special.

    Get a recipe here.