A package of Grace brand fish tea sold in Jamaica
|Main ingredient(s)||yam, pumpkin, cassava, potatoes, bottlers, coconut milk|
Fish tea is a spicy soup in Caribbean cuisine and Jamaican cuisine. It is similar to a fish bouillon and can take four hours to prepare. It includes ground yam, pumpkin, cassava, potatoes and "bottlers"[clarification needed], cooked until very soft. As much as 15 pounds of fish is added to make five gallons. Carrots and cho–cho can also be added. It is flavored with coconut milk and seasoned with various ingredients that may include black pepper, salt, thyme, butter, scallion and season–all."
Fish tea is similar to traditional "rundown", but instead of chunks the ingredients are boiled until they are in a "soupy liquid form". Some is believed to be an aphrodisiac and is associated with various legends and rumors:
- "If you drink that fish tea, you’ll have to chain yourself to the bed post at night or else you’ll walk all night" (in search of adventure)
- "Men who haven’t fathered children all of a sudden produced twins"
- "Once you take that fish tea you won't be able to walk a straight line."
- Fish Tea Cookoff a big part of East End Surf Challenge 10th January, 2006 Camanian Compass
- Alan Ebanks Surfers find it tea–licious 13th January, 2009 Cay Compass
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