Tucked away in the hills of St. Ann, Jamaica – Walkerswood Caribbean Foods has worked to bring a taste of the Caribbean to the world with an innovative line of traditional seasonings, cooking sauces, spices, preserves and canned vegetables. Sitting on seven acres, approximately six miles south of Ocho Rios, the Walkerswood Jerk Country Tour takes visitors on an in-depth, flavourful journey into the history of Jamaican cuisine.
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If you’re unfamiliar with the term; “Jerk” is a style of cooking native to Jamaica in which meats are dry-rubbed with a very hot spice mixture called Jamaican jerk spice. Jerked food is a must-have for visitors and locals alike and if you haven’t had it yet you don’t know what you’re missing! Jerk is both a marinade and a preparation technique. In its most authentic form, fresh poultry or pork meat is massaged with a concentrated spice rub infused with allspice (pimento), cinnamon, peppers, onion, thyme and garlic hours before cooking. After marinating, the meat is placed on raised platforms of pimento wood over hot coals to slowly roast for hours.
The Walkerswood Caribbean Foods Factory is a growing supplier of over 20 innovative and traditional products which are essential for the easy creation of Caribbean dishes. The folks at Walkerswood have an obsession with quality and taste once you’re there you’re guaranteed a good experience. On this 45-minute guided tour, foodies will witness how the famous Walkerswood factory produces everything from jerk seasonings to pepper sauces.
Guests can stroll through Mother Thyme’s Spice Garden to hear family secrets on both cooking and healing; enjoy a jerk marinade demonstration and “learn to do the jerk”; take a trip through the factory to observe the production and bottling of some 21 products; and sample local foods in the Tasting Shack. After the tour, guests can relax with a fresh tropical juice on the terrace, shop for cookbooks, spices or sauces at the One One Coco kitchen craft shop, or grab a bite at the Nyam and Scram Café.