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Heritage Plates: Cooking with Indigenous Spices and Herbs

The Arawak Indians are the indigenous people of the West Indies. They are thought to have migrated from South America 1500 years ago. These original inhabitants of the West Indies were known as a peaceful and quiet people until the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1494. Over time as Europeans migrated and established the slave trade, many of the Arawak people died off. Much of their culture died with them with the exception of their food which still influences many island recipes today. Over the years the West Indian dinner plate has morphed into a beautiful amalgamation of diverse, rich, and spicy fresh foods with flavors from Spain, India, France, Netherlands, and West Africa. Arawak Farm® products provides a bridge...

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