Guyana home of the Duck Curry

Guyana is the third smallest country in South America, and the only country on that continent where English is the official language.  The country gained much notoriety in 1978 when over 900 members of Jim Jones’ The People’s Temple died in a mass suicide/murder at Jonestown.

Guyana is also a cricket-playing nation, and is the birth place of one of the greatest cricketers of all time, Sir Clive Lloyd.  Although cricket is popular, the real competitive passion for Guyanese seems to for making duck curries.

Yes, Duck Curry Competitions are taken very seriously by the people of Guyana, in fact, they even hold a Duck Curry Olympics in which national teams from other Duck Curry-loving nations compete for honours.

Duck Currying is not an individual pursuit, but is a competition open for teams.  Apparently, it is best to use Caribbean ducks, and to pluck and char the skin over an open fire first to impart a smokey flavour.

As far as the recipe goes, there are many variations, and each team has their own special way of making the curry.  Some teams use fresh herbs, and others grind their own pastes.  Some teams cook in a pot over an open fire, others prefer to use pressure cookers.  Generally, it takes about two hours to make the perfect duck curry.

Points are awarded for presentation, aroma, texture, flavour and preparation.

Duck Curry Competitions have proved to be so popular, they are now held in nearby islands, such as Trinidad and Tobago, and are also a feature of Guyanese communities in Canada and the U.S.A.

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