These little babies are a West Indian staple. I use them as a side dish cooked with onions, garlic and peppers or included in other dishes such as callaloo or “cook up” rice. They are actually the seed pods of a plant in the mallow […]


Christophene belongs to the same gourd family as melons, cucumbers and squash. Its flesh is pale and watery, similar to a marrow. It is eaten simply steamed or cooked with eeggs and cheese into a gratin.

Sweet Potato

Sweet potato is a tuberous root vegetable rich in beta carotene and starch. It is a staple food in the Caribbean and can be cooked in the same ways as a potato.


Breadfruit is a composite fruit brought to the Caribbean from Polynesia. It is a staple food and is very starchy. It tastes potato-like when cooked and cannot be eaten raw.