The Jamaican Callaloo is a leafy green vegetable similar to spinach. It is cultivated by the local farmers but often grows wild in the garden.
Callaloo is a green vegetable plant which can be steamed and served as the side vegetable on your plate; it can also be steamed with other vegetables and seasoned to taste.
Jamaicans regularly serve this steamed vegetable as breakfast with boiled green bananas, or with fried dumplings and fried plantains. Steamed callaloo is also used in Jamaica to make vegetable patties.
My house overlooks a farmer’s garden and occasionally I get the opportunity to visit and cut my own bunch of callaloo which I love to eat steamed with boiled green bananas or just with toast at breakfast.
Of course, for variety on the Jamaican style breakfast/dining table add your fried roast breadfruit, ackee and saltfish, fried ripe plantain and create a delicious combination.
Steamed callaloo with cho cho
Jamaican cho cho
Steamed Callaloo is also served in Jamaica as a side vegetable with the main meal. This vegetable can also be blended with other vegetables to make a paste or a dip. In some Jamaican supermarkets you will also find a callaloo juice which is extremely refreshing.
Callaloo also makes a delicious pepperpot soup. See Jamaica Recipes
To add variety to your steamed callaloo dish, add another veg such as diced cho cho carrots or cucumber. No problem in adding all three if that suits your taste - experiment is good for the soul or even stomach! Have fun and its all healthy eating.