The wafts of nutmeg and bougainvillea-flecked jungle of Grenada may seem a long way away at the moment, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a taste for the island from your own home. Here are a few ways you can experience this enigmatic Caribbean isle while in lockdown…
Try its national dish
Grenadians can’t get enough of their national dish, Oil Down. A hearty one-pot stew typically containing cod, herring or salted pork, along with local vegetables and cooked in coconut milk, Oil Down’s ingredients also tell you a lot by its ingredients. There are the indigenous vegetables like callaloo (similar to spinach), the pig snout and tails traditionally used were once the scraps from the houses of plantation owners and the spice saffron was introduced by Southeast Asian immigrants, brought over to fill a labour shortage in the 19th century. The name of the dish comes from the pool of coconut oil and meat juices which settle at the bottom of the cooking pan. Find a taster video about Oil Down below from Discover Grenada, before cooking up your own batch to enjoy at home!
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Take a tour of Fort George
To make you feel like you’re really in Grenada, take a tour of one of Grenada’s most iconic landmarks with tour guide David Ambrose, Fort George in the capital of St George’s. Built by the French in the early 18th century as Fort Royal, it was renamed Fort George when the British took control of Grenada, in honour of King George III.