Caribbean Beat Magazine

Natural healing | Discover

For generations, Caribbean people have used local plants — leaves, seeds, roots, and more — for medicine. But scientific research into these folk remedies has lagged behind. At the University of the West Indies campus in Mona, Jamaica, the pioneering Natural Products Institute is working to change that, Erline Andrews learns

Known as guinep in Jamaica and chenette in Trinidad and Tobago, this popular fruit may offer a remedy for hypertension. Photo by Olga Popova/Shutterstock.com

Contemplating St Lucian Cocoa

To drink St Lucia’s thick, fragrant and famous cocoa tea for the first time is to discover something a little strange and absolutely wonderful. It was slightly nutty, toasted with a delightful blend of spices. The star of the show? The infamous cacao bean, a sacred substance that runs deep within Lucian veins. Processing cacao …

Time to Grow | Green

In recent years, a handful of NGOs in Trinidad and Tobago have worked to set up community-based agriculture initiatives, both to provide healthier food options and to make local communities more self-sufficient. It’s a movement that has become even more relevant in the time of COVID-19, writes Nazma Muller, as food security becomes crucial

Photograph courtesy The Alliance of Rural Communities

Nature’s Bread | Green

It’s delicious, nutritious, and popular across the Caribbean. Even so, breadfruit — brought to the region from the Pacific more than two centuries ago — is still underappreciated for its potential role in increasing regional food security, and helping to green our cities. Erline Andrews learns more

Illustration by Shalini Seereeram