7 Food-Inspired Caribbean Proverbs to Live By

If you live in a Caribbean household, you’ll know your food doubles as a means of sustenance and a metaphor for life lessons. Caribbean proverbs often intertwine ordinary items with extrordinary meanings. In most cases, food is at the centre of creating these puzzeling proverbs to draw parallels to the world around us. Some sayings will definitely leave you scratching your head, for which you’ll probably need a team of highly inebriated uncles (druncles) to decode them.

Inspired by my friend’s unhealthy addiction to Grace sodas and their fun Caribbean proverbs on the bottle caps, I’ve chosen 7 food-inspired Caribbean proverbs and turned them into some colourful graphics. Now you can survive your work week…work month…and probably the rest of your life. No need to thank me.

Proverb #1:cassava“All cassava get same skin but all nah taste same way.”

Proverb #2:


“Pepper bun hot but it good fi curry.”

Proverb #3:


“The looks ah de pudding is not de taste.”

Proverb #4:


“When jackass smell corn him gallop.”

Proverb #5:


“Nah every crab hole get crab.”

Proverb #6:


“Yuh can’t drink mauby and belch beer.”

Proverb #7:


“When coconut fall from tree he can’t fasten back.”

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