Start your year off with flavours from the Islands you and everyone in your family will enjoy long after you return home. With a variety of choices to spread, dip and slice, and options ranging from sweet to spicy and everything in between, they’ll leave you wanting more.
Reagan’s Honey is a 100 percent local Cayman wildflower honey, with colours from light to dark amber. This honey is best paired with soft cheeses, toasted bread, fresh fruits and crisp white wines. reaganshoney.com
Powder Monkey Gourmet Treats plantain chips excite your palate with a tang of “blinking hot” island flavour. They’re the perfect treat to eat alone or share with friends. powdermonkeycayman.com
Made with the world’s finest coffee — Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee — Tortuga Blue Mountain Coffee Rum Cake is baked in the Caribbean with only the finest ingredients. Each rum cake is hand glazed with special 5-year-old, oak barrel-aged Tortuga Gold Rum then vacuum sealed to lock in the delicious freshness. tortugarumcakes.com
Seven Fathoms rum from Cayman Spirits Co. is brewed with fresh organic cane from Grand Cayman and aged in oak barrels seven fathoms (42 feet) under the sea. It’s the most interesting rum produced because it’s the only distillery of its kind in the world. caymanspirits.com
Artisan and handcrafted, Cayman Sea Salt’s small batch salts and rubs bring out food’s most delicious flavours. Choose from a premium finishing sea salt with essential minerals from the Caribbean Sea, a BBQ Rub or their Herb Rub. caymanseasalt.com
Marketing Manager at Kirk Market, Camille Humphreys, shares the top picks for locals and visitors looking to tantalise their taste buds with island flavours.
Q: What locally made items are buyers’ favourites?
A: Locally produced sauces and jams with a “sweet heat” are a big hit with customers. Cayman Pepper Patch Pepper Jelly and Tomfoodery Kitchen’s hot sauce line, “Fiyah,” are popular at the moment.
Q: What are your recommendations for tourists who visit?
A: I like to recommend visitors sample locally harvested Cayman wildflower honey from Mr. Otto Walter’s Bee Farm and along with Reagan’s Honey.
Q: What’s your preferred locally made item? Why?
A: Hands down, my favourite local product is the Kirk Market Fresh Pressed Mango Juice. I look forwards to mango season every year because the local farmers bring in their amazingly sweet mangoes. We use these locally grown gems to make fresh, 100 percent pure mango juice. The local mangoes also go into making delicious mango salsa, which I highly recommend.
Q: What’s your suggestion for tourists looking for the best locally made food gift?
A: The only way to get a true “taste of the Island” is by exploring the local flavours and food culture by supporting local makers and growers. These local products make great gifts or souvenirs.
Author: Elke Feuer O’Donnell