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There are six food groups used in the Caribbean. They are as follows:

  • Staples
  • Legumes &Nuts
  • Foods from animal source
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Fats & Oils

Staples consists of the following:

  • Cereals: Bread (from whole grain or enriched flour), wheat flour, corn (maize), corn-meal, dried cereals, macaroni, spaghetti, rice, cereal porridges.
  • Starchy fruits, roots, tubers/ground provisions: Banana, plantain, breadfruit, yam, potato, dasheen, eddoes, cassava.
legumes nuts
Legumes & Nuts

Legumes & Nuts consists of:

  • Kidney beans, gungo/pigeon peas, black-eye peas, other dried peas and beans, peanuts, cashew nuts, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds.
foods from animal source
Foods from animal source

Foods from animal source is made up of:

  • Meat, poultry, fish (fresh, canned, pickled, dried), milk, cheese, yoghurt, egg, liver, heart, kidney.

Fruits consists of:

  • Mango, guava, citrus (orange, grapefruit, limes, tangerine), pineapple, West Indian cherry, pawpaw/papaya, golden apple/Jew/June plum, sugar apple/sweet sop.

Vegetables includes the following:

  • Dark green leafy and yellow vegetables: Callaloo/spinach, dasheen leaves, cabbage, pakchoy, string beans, pumpkin, carrot.
  • Other vegetables:Squash,christophene, cucumber,tomato, aubergine/eggplant.
fats oils
Fats & Oils

Fats & oils includes:

  • Cooking and salad oils, butter, margarine, shortening, ghee, coconut cream/milk, meat fat, nuts, avocado pear
The following shows the portions of foods that should be used when preparing meals from the Caribbean food groups:

A perfect breakfast to begin the day with is:

  • Scrambled eggs
  • French toast with a few slices of fresh fruit at the side.
  • This can be accompanied with a glass of milk.

A simple and easy lunch may consist of:

  • Pelau
  • Fresh salad
  • A slice of avocado
  • A glass of fruit juice

A simple and nutritious dinner can include:

  • Coconut bake and saltfish buljol
  • A glass of coconut water