Caribbean cooking is known for it’s delicious use of spices – Jerk and blackened seasonings being the most common. The locally famous drink The Painkiller even uses fresh ground nutmeg on top.
Guests often ask us about how they can take home the flavor of the islands and our answer is: SPICES!
We are lucky to have an amazing shop on St. John, conveniently located in Cruz Bay by the St.Thomas/St.John Ferry Dock called St. John Spice. This great store has everything from homemade curated spice blends to cutely packaged nutmegs and grater sets. Spice blends are mixed in house, meaning they are fresh and authentic! Their Cruz Bay Grill Rub is a best-seller and a great gift item, or something to cook with when you return home to remind you of your time in St. John. We also love this shop’s curated locally made hot sauces, including Valley Doll and Blind Betty’s.
We also love locally made Kitchen Creole spice blends. The Bordeaux Mountain and Condado Adobo have become go-tos in our kitchen, but you truly can’t go wrong with any of them. Pick these up as a gift for someone at home, or to cook with at your Destination St. John rental villa! News of St. John even shared a fun, easy recipe here. You can purchase them online or at Shipwreck Landing or Pickles in Paradise in Coral Bay or Pink Papaya or Sugarbirds in Cruz Bay.
Do you love cooking with spices? What is your favorite local seasoning? Share photos with us by tagging #DestinationSTJ on Instagram!