Photo courtesy of Patrick Bennett
Craving: To Eat Like a RastaOn a recent visit to Ital Creations, located on the Fari Organic Farm near Basseterre, the capital of St. Kitts, I sat down to a lunch of fire-roasted breadfruit topped with lentils in a green vegetable sauce. Because Ital—a Rastafarian diet—is about eating close to the earth, “fire roasted” here means the food is cooked in a pit dug into the dirt behind the counter. Other tenets of the Ital diet drive the menu at this colorful restaurant: Dishes are organic and heavy on the veggies; meat, even shellfish, is eschewed, as are iodized salt, sugar, and oil. Though that might sound like a recipe for cardboard, Rasta chefs such as Ital Creations’ Mr. Judah are masters at turning peppers and exotic West Indian fruits, vegetables, spices, and even tree barks into compelling dishes, from pumpkin stew to breadfruit hummus. Pass Road, opposite the Army Camp, Basseterre. 00-1-869-664-0994
By Patrick Bennett. This appeared in the Nov/Dec 2015 issue.