CUISINE: Guyanese Christmas Gives A Whole New Meaning To Slow Food –

Guyanese Pepperpot

Pepperpot, a traditional Guyanese Christmas dish, is basically a stew of aromatics and tough meat parts like shanks, trotters and tails that benefit from a long cooking.
Courtesy of Cynthia Nelson Photography

There are some Christmas foods you make far in advance that just get better and better with age and anticipation. Like British fruitcakes that age into their boozy ripeness, and German gingerbread cookies called lebkuchen that get softer and spicier as they mature.       

In Guyana, a small South American country wedged between Venezuela and Suriname, certain Christmas foods are also prepared weeks in advance, and aged at room temperature. But they’re not sweet; they’re meaty, and they sit out for weeks. Although it may sound a bit suspect, these dishes — called pepperpot and garlic pork — have been eaten safely for generations. And Guyanese say it wouldn’t be Christmas without them.


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  • brandli62  On 12/21/2020 at 5:25 am

    Brings up nice memories! Thanks for the post, Cyril!

    I am taking the occasion to wish all readers of GO a happy Xmas season in peace and good health!

  • JAARA  On 01/04/2021 at 9:19 am

    Aw man, I definitely miss Christmas in Guyana. But I sure had some pepperpot

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