Antigua and Barbuda are two different islands in the Caribbean and along with a few other smaller islands it forms their nation, known as the “Land of 265 beaches” . The largest port and the capitol city is St. John’s.
Antigua was first settled by hunters and gathers known as Siboney. The carbon dating placed the first remains in 3100 BC. This tribe was taken over by the Arawak, which introduced agriculture. Raising produce such as the Antiguan black pineapple, sweet potatoes, guava, and chillies. The Arawaks also called the island of Antigua Wa’ladli, which is similar to what the locals today call it: Wadadli. By 1100 AD most Arawak had left the island, which allowed the Caribs to take over.
The English settled on Antigua in 1632 and in Barbuda in 1684. Slavery was established to run sugar plantations and was abolished in 1834. The British ruled from 1632 to 1981, with a brief moment of french rule in 1666. The islands became an independent state within the Commonwealth of Nations in 1981. There culture is still influenced by the british rule.
The cuisine of Antigua and Barbuda is caribbean. With common ingredients of sweet potatoes, plantains, beans, coconut, and black pineapple. Unfortunately this is pretty much every ingredient I don’t want to eat. So I have a really hard time picking dishes that I want to make. I finally find a cookbook from various chiefs from the islands. The recipes have taken the flavor profile and local ingredients and make some amazing meals. So I will be making:
- Browned Butter Cheese Bread
- Blackened red snapper with Caribbean Herb Stuffing
- Caribbean sushi