Island Bites

Island Bites: Five (Not So) Hot Caribbean Sauces

By: Caribbean Journal Staff - September 11, 2014

By Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon
CJ Travel Editor

Some like it hot. Others, well, not so much. But even if you’re a hot-sauce hater you can still try a taste of the tropics. Just check out these five Caribbean condiments that deliver island flavor without the fire.

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Kuchela

Shredded green mangoes, mustard oil and Indian spices combine in this staple sweet-spicy-sour Trini topper that really perks up a cheese sandwich.

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Pickapeppa Sauce
Similar to the Brits’ “brown sauce,” this classic “Jamaican ketchup” – made with tamarind, tomato, mango and onions – has been pleasing palates since 1921.

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Banana Ketchup

In St Lucia, the Baron brand of this sunshine-hued, spicy-sweet sauce made from bananas, tomato paste, vinegar, sugar and spices is the one to buy.

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Sorrel Chutney

Like the similarly flavored cranberry jelly, this Jamaican spread (made from the petals of a hibiscus-like plant) is the perfect accompaniment to your Christmas turkey or ham.

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Hot Chow

Slap some of this mustard-based Trini relish on a hot dog and let the tropical flavor (thanks to papaya and mango) transform it from “ho-hum” to “hot diggity!”

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