Haiti Cassie Calhoun

Geography: Haiti is the third largest country in the Caribbean behind Cuba and the Dominican Republic. It's a rugged, mountainous land, dominated by three main massifs (mountain ranges).

Climate: Tropical

Mininmum: 73.4 degrees F

Maximum: 87.8 degrees F

Agriculture: Subsistence Crops

  • Plantains
  • Corn
  • Bananas
  • Rice
  • Yams
  • Sweet potatoes

Popular Foods

  • Rice
  • Beans
  • Grilled conch and lobster
  • Fried pork
  • Chicken and cashew nuts

3 Recipes

Haitian Pate (Beef Patties)

http://haitian-recipes.com/appetizers/

Pen Patat (sweet potato pudding)

http://haitian-recipes.com/desserts/

Rice & Beans

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/53063/rice-beans-haitian-style/

Food Customs

  • Not allowed to eat till host says "Bon appetite"
  • Knife remains in right hand and fork remains in left hand
  • The most honored position is at the head of the table

Holidays/Celebrations

Rara: Originated in Haiti, is celebrated during Easter week. It revolves around festival music played during street processions.

Carnival: Haiti's biggest celebration. Celebrations for carnival usually begin at the end of January and end with "Fat Tuesday," or Mardi Gras, when different types of fats are consumed at home.

Fet Gede: A national holiday arising from voodoo and celebrated on the first and second of November. During Fet Gede, voodoo practitioners go to cemeteries to give food and drink offerings and to pray.

Facts about Haiti

  • Only 50 percent of the Haiti population has access to safe drinking water
  • Some 55 percent of Haiti's 9 million people live below the poverty line
  • The average household spends almost 60 percent of their income on food; the poorest groups more than 70 percent
  • More than 10% of Haitian children die before age five

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