Haitian Ethnic Food

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Haitian Food
July 15, 2014

The typical meal I chose to represent is called Morue and its origins is from the Haitian ethnicity. Morue is a meal usually eaten at dinner time alongside Sauce Pois Rouge (red pea soup) which is served with rice, and drank with Ginger & Cinnamon tea. To make Morue, you need: 1 lb. of salt cod (morue), water as desired, 1 small diced shallot, 1 small diced onion, 1 cup of olive oil and 1 hot pepper. To prepare this meal, “add the cod in a saucepan and cover with water. Let boil over medium-high heat. Drain the cod and soak in cool water. Shred the boiled cod. Drain and set aside. In a skillet, heat the oil and sauté the remaining ingredients. Add the cod and sauté lightly for 2-3 mins (Recipes, 2014).”
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“In summer, parents promote the health of their children by, giving them lok, a mixture of bitter tea leaves, juice, sugar cane syrup, and oil. (Colin, 2014)” Haitians tend to have high blood pressure and diabetes due to the high salt and sugars in their diet. Heart disease and cancer is prevalent due to the fact that Haitians consume high amounts of fat within their dietary intake. They are also known to have sickle cell anemia which isn’t related to a dietary practice, but predisposed to by genetics. (Colin, 2014)
Completing this assignment has made me realize that having too much or too little of a substance in your diet can be dangerous on either side of the spectrum. Too much of anything is never a good thing. I always thought that Haitians had a pretty balanced diet, but upon further examination, I see that the meals are high in fat and sodium. This research has helped me understand that when caring for a patient during surgery or with a wound, I may have to cut back and or supplement the patient with the necessary vitamins or diet in order to promote healing. Overall, this has made me use less salt in my food when cooking and use different fats such as coconut or peanut oil, instead of vegetable oil, or butter.


Colin, J. M. (2014, July 15). Cultural and Clinical care for Haitians. Retrieved from
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