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Sherva’s Trini Green Seasoning: Enjoy A 10X Flavor Punch

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salt being poured on green beans

Green Seasoning is a Caribbean essential. Every island has its version of Green Seasoning, and evidently, it is used in EVERYTHING. You can buy bottles in ethnic grocery stores and online…but if you are a gardener, why not make your own? It will be 10X better, like everything you grow yourself.

If you are looking for something to jazz up a bland dinner, this is it. It can be as simple or as complex as you want. With the addition of this condiment/marinade to your kitchen arsenal, you can use it for so many things:

  • meat, poultry, and seafood marinade
  • a flavor booster for stews and soups
  • curries and sauces
  • grains, stir-fries, and vegetables

Green Seasoning is a flexible recipe; it’s more of a method than a strict recipe. You can experiment with flavors. You can use what you have on hand. It’s up to your taste and imagination. Here are some basic ingredients to get you started:

Green Seasoning Recipe

  • Scallions, Chives, or Green onions
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Cilantro
  • Culantro – Or chadon beni as Trinis call it. It’s called Epizote in Mexico. It’s like cilantro but stronger. Optional, if you can’t find it.
  • Parsley
  • Oregano
  • Thyme, Spanish if you have it
  • Bell peppers (use all colors for an eye-pleasing version)
  • Cubanelle peppers
  • Hot pepper – habanero., scotch bonnet,
  • Lemon juice or vinegar, olive oil, salt

Preparation

Chop up larger pieces into a uniform size. Pulse in the blender until if forms a thick paste. It it’s too dry, add a little water. Taste and adjust seasonings.

Pour into a glass jar and store in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 weeks. You can freeze in ice cube trays and keep in a ziplock bag for 3 months or so.

pile of chilies green seasoning

Another seasoning recipe you may want to try:

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