Food and Recipes of Haiti

With very little fertile farmland, a large population to support and political corruption and instability preventing quality of life improvements, the country of Haiti suffers from chronic poverty and a serious lack of food. The need for fuel has resulted in the cutting down of fruit trees and soil erosion. Farming, while depended on by the majority of the population, is very hard work in Haiti.
But, with what they have (and when they have it), Haitians have developed a very tasty cuisine. Rice, beans and sorghum (a drought-resistant grain) are the staples of the diet. Citrus and tropical fruit such as pineapples, mangos, oranges and grapefruit are also eaten regularly. Millet, bananas, coconut, almonds, peanuts, cassava, and corn are other items grown in Haiti. Meat is very rare as it costs too much for the majority of the population and to raise animals means to feed them the precious grains that could be used to feed people.