Callaloo has emerged as the preferred choice for Dominica’s national dish in four surveys conducted by National Emblems Committee in collaboration with the Independence Committee and the Statistical Division.
The choice has been forwarded to cabinet for ratification, chief cultural officer, Raymond Lawrence told DNO.
“From the four surveys that were done Callaloo was the preferred choice among Dominicans,” he said.
Lawrence said a response from cabinet is expected “very soon” and made it clear that it cannot be said callaloo is the official dish as yet.
The surveys were carried out on radio, in the hotels, through a LIME texting feature, and print media including Dominica News Online.
It presented the choices of callaloo, sancoche, broth, fig and saltfish and titiwi.
In the DNO survey 3,106 readers participated with callaloo receiving 1,106 votes.
The criteria for the surveys was as follows:
•It should be a typical dish of Dominica and should be a popular one among Dominicans
•The ingredients for the national dish should preferably be available locally all year round
•The dish should be fairly easy to prepare and healthy
•It should be part of our cultural heritage
Over the years, by general consensus, Mountain Chicken or Crapaud, was recognized as Dominica’s national dish but this was never officially documented.
The Crapaud has been in rapid decline in recent years due to disease and has been protected by law since 2002.
A website, searchdominica.com, describes callaloo as a ‘one pot family soup meal’ made up of a ‘combination of leaves such as spinach or dasheen mixed in with seasonings, provisions, meat and coconut milk.’