Seafood for thought
01 July 2016
Nola is a great cook on Union Island! She has a kitchen just east of the open vegetable market. I just can't stay away. The last four days I have poked in and asked, "what do you have for lunch, Nola?"
She always gives me a traditional meal and a warm smile. Our first visit was for her famed roti. She had only lambi (conch). We love Bahamian cracked conch. These are conch strips breaded and fried. Caribbean Lambi is always stewed, something that just didn't seem appealing. Nola's lambi roti was delicious. The lambi stew has a rich, brown gravy and the conch flavor comes through.
After visiting Nola for a few day s I received an email from John Dillon. John knows this area well and has given me a lot of good info and contacts in the grenadines. He sent an email,"You have to visit Nola." I mentioned this to Nola. She pulled out a picture of her and John from three years ago. Now I have my picture with Nola.
Conch here are a lot larger than the Bahamian conch. I don't think it is a different species but they just harvest the big ones. In the Caribbean divers are allowed to use tanks to dive for conch. They harvest them in about 80 feet of water. Bahamian divers must only free dive for seafood. Perhaps with tanks the Caribbean divers can select only the big ones.
Conservation of these rsources is important for the economy and ecology. Someone should study this.