The English were the first to begin making rum from fermented sugar cane. The word ‘rum’ is first said to have been used in Barbados in the 1620s to describe an intoxicating, rough, unpleasant and overpowering liquor made from sugar cane juice. The word come from the English word "rumbullion" which means "great tumult."
The famous Jamaica proverb says, "The way to man's heart is through his stomach," the same is true for most Jamaicans - male or female. The immense love that Jamaicans have for their own indigenous foods is truly remarkable. Some Jamaicans get so serious about their food you dare not make jokes about it. No matter the social class, one thing all Jamaicans share in common is the love for 'good food'. Flip through our slideshow to get a glimpse of some of our more popular dishes and some interesting facts on each one.