Real Jerk comes from Jamaica, the island that made it famous, and the name that is synonymous with jerk is Walkerswood.
Walkerswood is a rare and original brand born in the lush fertile hills and valleys of middle Jamaica. The actual name of a village in the rural parish of St. Ann, the farmers of Walkerswood provide the scotch bonnet peppers at the heart of all Walkerswood jerk seasonings and sauces.
It is in this tiny village where you will also find the Walkerswood Caribbean Foods Factory that prepares the range of delicious sauces, seasonings and condiments from the freshly harvested produce grown in the surrounding countryside.
Odd as it may sound, “jerking” is the most popular (and famous!) method of Jamaican cooking with jerked food stalls to be found in every town and village across the island. Although the spice paste itself (made from thyme, onion, scallion, peppers and pimento) is crucial to the taste of jerk, the method of slow cooking it over a wood fire on pimento (all spice) sticks adds that one of a kind smoky flavour unique to jerk cooked in Jamaica.
Easily spotted on the road because of the swaths of smoke circling it, a stop at a jerk stall, pit or street side vendor (“pan chicken man”) is a quintessential Jamaican culinary experience. Try the traditional jerk chicken, pork or sausage (although
jerk seasoning is also great with seafood, vegetables and tofu) with a slab of hard dough bread and then wash it down with an ice cold drink. When it’s time to go home, know that Walkerswood seasonings, sauces and condiments are easily available islandwide and is a great way to take the flavour of Jamaica with you.