A couple of years ago, I saw an article online which had photos of national flags made out of traditional foods eaten in or associated with the countries. (This isn’t the original article, but it is about the same photos.)
So, for example, Italy’s flag was made of basil, pasta and tomatoes.
India’s flag was made of curries, rice and pappadum.
And France’s flag was made of cheese and grapes.
At the time I thought it would be fun to make a Jamaican food flag, and so, taking on board some suggestions from Facebook friends, I made a Jamaican flag out of:
- Ackee, naturally! Jamaica’s national fruit is from the Blighia sapida tree, which was imported from West Africa, most likely on a ship carrying Africans during the slave trade. It is an ingredient in our national dish, ackee & saltfish.
- Dried pimento. The pimento tree (Pimenta dioica) is indigenous to Jamaica. Known widely as allspice, pimento is an essential seasoning in so many of our dishes.
- Callaloo. Perhaps our most popular green, leafy vegetable, steamed callaloo (Amaranthus viridis) is a staple dish & is the main ingredient in pepperpot soup.
And to end, here is the Jamaica Information Service’s (JIS) explanation of the symbolism of the colours of the Jamaican flag.