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Authenticity, lots of spice, and food made with love are part of the foundation for One Love Jerk Marinade. Growing up in Jamaica, jerk is the number one cuisine. The origins of jerk spice can be traced back to 1655, after Spanish colonists fled the island from British conquerors, leaving their African slaves behind. The slaves escaped to the mountains of Jamaica to avoid further captivity from the British, where they mixed with local natives. Jerk has been modified and adapted over centuries to include different spices and methods of preparation from other cultures that have inhabited and colonized the beautiful island of Jamaica.
Coming from Jamaica to Vail Colorado, the lack of cultural food diversity is highly noticeable. Out of a necessity to provide a homemade taste of Jamaica to friends and family, Andrene (Mellody) Samuels-Peterson created One Love Jerk Marinade.
“When I was a little girl, we would have family reunions every boxing day, and we would have what you would call it in America ‘barbecue’. It was one of the best flavors I could remember coming from a wooden grill made from pimento wood.”
Jerk is very unique to the parish in Jamaica it comes from. In the county of Cornwall where Mellody came from, there are mostly seafood shops, but her family was able to incorporate their own twist on the local seasoning that could be used for all types of food.
“We put more love in it. We personally blend, bottle and assure consistency into what we have made. I hope I can share my life and love for my culture and family with the rest of the world through my jerk seasoning for many generations to come.”