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View From Your Table

Kingston, Jamaica

The reader writes:

I’m in Kingston, Jamaica on business. This is a photo of my breakfast this morning. It’s ackee & saltfish, johnny cakes, fruit and a cup of Earl Grey tea. Ackee & saltfish is the national dish of Jamaica. Ackee is a tree fruit that is poisonous until it ripens. When ripe, the inner flesh is cooked with other ingredients. It has the appearance and texture of scrambled eggs but a milder flavor. Johnny cakes are like little fried biscuits. They are awesome.

This trip has almost ruined my attitude toward our fruit back home. On my first day I bought some local bananas. They are about half the size of bananas at our local grocery store, and they were incredible. The banana flavor is intense and they are really sweet. It’s almost like eating banana candy. I’m finding the same thing with other fruit. Grapefruit, mangoes, plantains, melons – they are all so much better than our grocery store products that they almost seem to come from different plants. I know my family’s fruit bill will double when I get back to Texas because I’ll be seeking out fruit as good as what I’ve had here.

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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