cal·​la·​loo | \ ˌka-lə-ˈlü How to pronounce callaloo (audio) , ˈka-lə-ˌlü \

Definition of callaloo

1 : the edible young green leaves of a plant (such as taro or a member of the genus Xanthosoma) of the arum family used as greens
2 : a soup or stew made with greens, onions, and crabmeat or pork

Examples of callaloo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Russell plans to add Sunday brunch in the upcoming weeks, with authentic Jamaican breakfast dishes like ackee and saltfish, callaloo and banana porridge with more traditional American offerings like eggs and French toast. Leeanne Griffin,, "The Russell: New space in Hartford, but same authentic Caribbean flair," 14 Oct. 2020 Or head to the on-site juice bar for a detoxifying callaloo, bok choy, cucumber, pineapple, ginger, and lime concoction. Kate Donnelly, Travel + Leisure, "This Resort In Jamaica Is Like the Adult Summer Camp You’ve Always Wanted," 12 July 2020 Green season doubles as a marinade and salsa, commonly used for fish, poultry, and beef, and is added to a number of common Trinidadian like pelau (a one-pot meat and rice dish) and callaloo (greens stewed in coconut milk). Craig Cavallo, Saveur, "5 Easy, No-Cook Caribbean Condiments to Put on Everything," 24 Feb. 2016 Just try her callaloo, scotch bonnet caramelized onion parcels and rice and peas arancini balls. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "These Dope Food Bloggers On Instagram Will Change Your Mind About Vegan Cuisine," 24 Jan. 2020 Don’t forget to enjoy the island’s rich Creole heritage as well, with foods like crabback (spiced local crab) and callaloo (leaf stew) and folkloric, African inspired dance, called bélé. Kristin Braswell, USA TODAY, "Find the right Caribbean island, from luxurious St. Barths to budget-friendly Puerto Rico," 14 Jan. 2020 The menu includes jerk chicken, curry goat and callaloo; among other Jamaican specialties. Paul Daugherty,, "Doc's Morning Line: Cincinnati Reds getting closer to answering the buy-or-sell question," 27 June 2019 Fans of Caribbean food have asked Prime to add rice and (pigeon) peas and callaloo — a side dish traditionally made with a blend of greens, okra and peppers — to his menu. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Cane doubles the pleasures with chef-driven Caribbean cooking," 19 June 2019 The Taste of Jamaica ($19.99) plates up a little bit of everything: jerk chicken, pulled jerk pork, a beef empanada, callaloo, sweet plantains, white rice and black beans. Lauren Delgado,, "Bahama Breeze's Reggae Fest promises special food, drink, music at restaurants," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of callaloo

1696, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for callaloo

Caribbean English, perhaps ultimately of African origin; akin to Caribbean Spanish calalú callaloo (greens and dish), Brazilian Portuguese carurú, Haitian Creole kalalou okra

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“Callaloo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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