A lot of Caribbean People could be described as ‘foodies’ as they love to consume what people around the world would describe as ‘exotic foods’.
There are some foods that they eat, that are considered ‘dangerous,’ in other parts of the world.
1. ACKEE – It is no surprise that ackee is considered a poisonous fruit. Ackee contains Hypoglycin +A which is highly toxic. The levels in the fruit are very dangerous when it is forced open but is significantly lowered when the fruit opens naturally.
The photo above is showing what Caribbean people called ‘CwusCwus Ackee/Blue Ackee’, it is considered to be a myth, also recently in the 2000s there’s been another sighting in the Rural Community of Freemans Hall, Trelawny by an elderly lady name Ivy Latrine.
But in 1986, Angela Wit a lady from Jones Pen Village Which is now abandoned in the parish of St Thomas, Jamaica said that she and her neighbor got into an argument and the following day she sent her son to pick ackee off the tree in her yard and when he returns with the ackee she realizes that there were a few in the lot that was blue so she assumes that her neighbor who is a strong believer in Witchcraft/Obeah did it to poison she and her family, and it causes a lot of tension in the village everyone was starting to fear the lady so the entire village move including she and her family leaving the lady only there who later die and that’s how Jones Pen becomes an abandoned village in st Thomas/Jamaica.
2. Cassava – Grow what you eat? Cassava contains cyanide compound (Linamarin). It is not harmful until it starts to break down inside the body releasing cyanide. Draining and drying the cassava, however, removes almost all of the cyanide which makes it safe for consumption.
3. Nutmeg – Nutmeg is used widely in Jamaica in small portions to flavor food. However, as much as one tablespoon or one gram of nutmeg can cause hallucinations, convulsions, palpitations nausea and can be fatal to some pets.
4. Potato – If a potato turns green after it has been fit to consume, throw it away. This is an indication that the Solanine levels have skyrocketed and it can be very fatal in small doses.
5. Cherries – Cherry seeds contain cyanide which, in high dosage, can kill you. Refrain from swallowing or chewing these seeds.
6. Egg – Raw eggs are a great source of protein, however, raw eggs contain the protein Avidin which binds strongly with biotin (Vitamin B7) which makes it unavailable for use by the body.