#216 jamaican carrot juice

  • 2 pounds of carrots
  • 5 cups of water
  • 1-14oz can of condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • Rum (optional)

Peel and chop carrots into 3 inch pieces.  Add to the blender with 5 cups of water and blend until smooth. Place a strainer over the pitcher and pour the mixture into strainer, allow the juice to pour through into the pitcher.  Discard the carrot puree (or save for a yummy use). Add condensed milk, vanilla extract, and nutmeg to the pitcher and serve.  Refrigerate or serve over ice!

I must admit, this was one surprisingly refreshing & sweet treat! This isn’t your typical carrot juice recipe, and you definately don’t need to love carrots to enjoy it, it’s a bit thicker & sweeter with a splash of spices that really makes it delicious – but obviously not the healthiest drink on the block! Carrots, on the other hand, are quite healthy themselves, which is why I prefer to use them raw for this recipe, rather than cook them, which kills some of the important nutrients. They have a good source of antioxidants, beta-carotene, vitamin K, and plenty more benefits that can still be found even after adding the sweetness!

On a positive note, quenching your thirst with this Jamaican style carrot juice is not limited to this variation of the recipe. This root vegetable based beverage can be made 100% vegan; thick, smooth and still so delicious with vegan condensed coconut milk. Alcohol is usually added too, but since children enjoy it so much, I guess it depends on where you’re serving it.

With all its Caribbean flair, spices & coconut are only the most suitable addition! Jamaica has such a wide variety of seafood, tropical fruit & meats, with dish variations on the many cuisines brought to the island from elsewhere. These are often modified to incorporate local produce & spices, including mixtures of cooking techniques, flavors, & spices influenced by so many other cultures that bring it all together marvelously.

As for the beverage tradition, most Jamaicans begin the morning with a hot drink, like the rest of the world. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee, hot chocolate, herbal teas, Horlicks or Milo are the popular choices. Juices often include local fruits such as pineapple, Otaheite apple, june plum (Tahitian apple), acerola cherry, mango & guava, or combine them to make medleys such as guava-carrot & fruit punch. It really sounds like paradise! This sovereign island nation located on the island named Xaymaca by its indigenous Arawakan-speaking Taíno inhabitants, meaning ‘Land of Wood & Water’, is an upper-middle income country with an economy heavily dependent on tourism. So, sit back a take a sip of your sweet carrot juice as you read through what my trust-worthy travel guide Nomadic Matt has to say about this magnificent land:

“With its slow pace, long sandy beaches, lush rainforests, stunning waterfalls, & great music scene (Reggae started here!), it’s easy to see why visiting Jamaica is so popular. This Caribbean island has plenty to offer travellers of all kinds – from those seeking resorts, a party scene, a relaxing holiday, or a more local look at the culture.”


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