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.
It's also 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 which prepares a range of delicious sauces, seasonings, and condiments from the freshly harvested produce grown in the surrounding countryside.
A Jamaican delicacy
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 (allspice) sticks adds that one-of-a-kind smoky flavor unique to jerk cooked in Jamaica.
Where & how to have jerk food in Jamaica
Easily spotted on the road because of the swaths of smoke circling it, a stop at a jerk stall, pit, or streetside 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 are a great way to take the flavor of Jamaica with you.
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