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Ten Bizzar Caribbean Food Myths

Updated on June 11, 2016
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Caribbean Food Myth 1). Do not eat the shellfish in the Caribbean, or you might die.

As we all know, just because it is the Caribbean, this does not mean the seafood is fresh from the sea. YES!, you read correctly. As a citizen of the Caribbean I have to confirm that the majority of the time the seafood being consumed at restaurants is not the freshest. In fact it is not fresh at all, rather, it is frozen. Now the myth as to why you should not consume it relates to the belief that once shellfish has died it is no longer suitable for consumption. Why? you may ask, because it is said that they become toxic after they die, therefore, one should cook them while alive. This has since been scientifically debunked as there is no scientific evidence to support the theory. In fact evidence to support the exact opposite exists stating no toxins are released when shellfish dies, but instead all that happens is the digestive glands breakdown, releasing digestive enzymes that begin digesting the flesh of the animal. So, at the end of the day we can all breathe a huge sigh of relief on this one, anyway we are pretty sure the Caribbean is not the only place on the Earth guilty of using the frozen food isle of the grocery or food warehouse.

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Caribbean Food Myth 2). Lobsters scream in pain when boiled.

Now, we don't know about you, but this one made us cringe a bit. Luckily, we have never had the displeasure of having to prepare a live lobster for human assimilation, however, if we had to and this turned out to be true, we definitely can all agree that we would not have had Mr. Lobster for dinner. But, we dug a bit deeper in a desperate attempt to hopefully prove this one to be a massive lie, and fortunately for us all it is, your welcome!We came across www.lifehacker.com post that made a very good argument that we have to admit gave us just the poke we needed to keep on the lobster ordering bandwagon. It was stated that apparently the delicious little fellows do not even have vocal cords. What a sad, but necessary relief. But, it doesn't stop there, they also have no throat, or no lungs either. So what are those sounds that are probably heard when these delicious crustacean are being cooked up? They are the sounds of the shell cracking as the flesh expands.

The Cascadura Fish

Caribbean Food Myth 3). The Legend of the Cascadura fish


In the Island of Trinidad and Tobago, it is said that if you eat the fish known as the Cascadura, no mater where you venture off to in the world, the island of Trinidad and Tobago is where you are destined to return to and die. Now, we are unfortunately very familiar with this legend and even more sadly we have actually had the absolutely delicious fish before and loved it!According to the site www.socawarriors.net, the story is about a white Englishman, who went to Trinidad to get background material for a book he was writing on witchcraft and superstition. There he met an Indian girl, they fell in love. While he was on the island of Trinidad she served him some curry Cascadura. He however, went back to England and three years later he was diagnosed with a rare blood disease that would eventually take his life. He decided to go back to Trinidad, where he then married the girl. Now, this is supposedly a fictional story, but boy is it a creepy one. Makes you wonder, was it the Cascadura that brought him back or was it the love for the girl? We will never know.

What "Blue Food" or provision is.....

Caribbean Food Myth 4). Blue food and provisions make your tissues firm.

One the island of Tobago it s said the blue food also known as Dasheen, Cassava, Eddoes etc when consumed on an everyday basis makes your tissues solid. Now, this is more of a community legend that a worldwide myth, but we thought it would be worth mentioning. I mean we eat these things all the time and personally we have a hard time crossing pass the 110 weight range on the scale. But, while we looked up the nutrients each of these contain, they were not stated to have any special muscle hardening properties. They are however a serious set of super foods as they are high in fiber and jam packed full of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. So, perhaps once eaten regularly they may cause an extreme burst of health and maybe a bit of weight gain as they are a natural source of carbohydrates as well. Thus explaining the stiffness of the skin and tissue of primarily the Tobago island people. Hmm, we wonder what we should eat tomorrow?

Caribbean Food Myth 5). Place a corn and a hops bread near money and you will get prosperity.

Where's that corn at? If only attaining wealth was so easy. We have yet to try this one, but we think it might be safe to say that this may not be true. We would even go onto say that in the grand scheme of life, just like some religions have different beliefs that they all swear by that work for them, this is the same thing in theory. If you truly believe that doing something will bring you a desired result, then it's safe to say by all means continue to do it. Of course once it's legal. But, we have to wonder, is it the fact that the thing you believe in doing works? or is it the fact the you believed so hard that made it work? We haven't met anyone to verify this one for us, but we are sure that the person who put it out there as with all the folklore's did so because of a positive experience with it, right?

Caribbean Food Myth 6). Do not pass pepper to anyone it will cause you to have an argument with them.

We think this might be one of those that transcend the Caribbean. But, whatever the case, hey it's better to be safe than sorry...don't do it!No one needs an argument after a delicious meal, that would just ruin everything. So, even though, this one is highly debatable, we still just can't and won't bring ourselves to pass the pepper. We urge everyone to reach over and grab it yourself. If you think about it in the long run, wouldn't it be worth it. Just image being in this situation and having to decide, we are sure, even though you don't believe it, this one is just one of those that make you question everything and do it anyway. As far as finding any evidence to give this myth a backbone, there is none, but stern faces and warning fingers from those in the golden age of our society here in the Caribbean. And if you are from the Caribbean, that may well be all the proof you need.

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That spice!

Caribbean Food Myth 7). Always put hot pepper in food that will be travelling at night in order to ward of the spirits from entering your home.


What if we don't eat pepper? What then? Do we just put it in a bag and place it one top of the food? What if there is no pepper around at the time? Do we just go buy one? Can we use the pepper sauce and place it into a container first?
Well this one is a bit one sided to those who have no problem with the spicy food. This is yet another myth that exist because someone, somewhere, at sometime, said so, so for generations and generations down the line, people are still for some reason abiding by it like it came from the Bible itself. Either way, we don't know about you, but we certainly are not interested in bringing anything home with us when we go out at night, but ourselves, some great leftover and a movie. So, this is the first time we are hearing this, however we guarantee you we will all be thinking about it when we next buy at night. That is if we ever do again. Sigh!

Caribbean Food Myth 8). To ignore a pregnancy craving is to give the baby a birthmark when it is born.

We challenge all the mothers out there on this one. Is it true or is it not? you know...from a practical, 'we have life experience' stand point. Now, everyone in the Caribbean vouches for this one. I myself have a birthmark and well if I were to guess what it looks like I would have to say a mushed pizza. Hmmm.... Well, for this one the jury is out...maybe it is bad to miss a craving while you are pregnant, and maybe it isn't true about the craving turning into birthmarks at all, and no matter what you crave once you eat healthy and take good care of yourself the baby will not come out with birthmarks. In the mean time it's quite fun to look around at people's birth marks and try to figure out what it looks like to guess what there mummy was craving. We sense a new party game, either way we are quite found of our birthmarks or should we call them maternal impressions as they are discussed to be on the site www.theatlantic.com.

Say What?????

Caribbean Food Myth 9). To drink chocolate milk while pregnant make a dark skinned baby, but to drink plain milk will give you a light skin baby.

This one is not so much creepy as it is a bit far fetched, which in itself makes it creepy by default. We didn't need to do too much prying to debunk this irrational myth. As we can all guess, the color of your food is not directly in anyway related to the colour of the skin, right? Well guess again, we reluctantly dug up some info on this one and found that the color of your skin can actually be affected by the food you consume. On the website www.medicaldaily.com we came across a very interesting article highlighting how food was the culprit behind the change of skin tone in some people to colors like green, yellow, blue and even that golden tan that we all are so found of.

As it pertains to the golden yellow tan, we all kinda already know this one, if you eat your fruits and vegetables you get a beautiful healthy glow in no time. However, those other colors leave a lot to be desired. So somewhere in the world s person thought it a great idea to consume colloidal silver. To be fair he was trying to treat his dermatitis, however, sadly this lead to the poor man turning blue in color and well passing away some time later. FDA banned this remedy in 1990 even though silver was found to have great antibacterial properties. His death though was ironically not due to the condition of his skin turning blue, but was due to some other unknown reason. The person that turned themselves green sadly contracted a parasite from the consumption of snails. And our yellow fellow, well he simply ate too many carrots.

Caribbean Food Myth 10). When you eat pineapple in the sun, you will get a stroke.

Growing up in the Caribbean, virtually surrounded by citrus, this is not one that you would expect to hear, however, back again on the island of Trinidad and Tobago it was wildly rumored. Now, We haven't found any direct link to the consumption of the tropical fruit pineapple and heart failure. But, what we have found is quite interesting.
For instance do you know that eating pineapple is rumored to make your "down there" parts smell better. How about this one, pineapple is said to give you the most glowing skin once applied topically, it also treats and prevents acne and wrinkles. This summer if we get any sun burn, we can treat it with some pineapple juice and it will be gone over night along with any unevenness in our skin tone. So, while the juicy pineapple may not lead to your next heart attack, it will serve as on of the best all purpose foods you can have on heavy rotation in your household.

© 2016 Melange Space

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