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ital (not comparable)
- (Jamaica, Iyaric) Inexpensive, salt-free, one-pot, pure, natural food, as developed and eaten by Rastafarians.
1987 January 11, Gloria Levitas, “Fare of the Country; Jamaica's Ackee and Callaloo”, New York Times:
- Asked to describe Ital food, Jamaicans usually say that they are the foods eaten by members of the Rastafarian sect of Jamaica. Robert Josephs, executive chef of the Sea Winds hotel near Montego Bay defined Ital food as a one-pot meal made without meat, salt or other preservatives. / "Basically," Mr. Josephs said, "it is typical Jamaican food, but while Jamaicans generally use a good deal of salt, Rastafarians avoid salt completely." Enid Donaldson, cuisine consultant for the Jamaican Tourist Board commented: "Ital food is Jamaican food that is designed to oppose British or Western eating habits. It is fresh, rather than processed, mixed instead of separately served, and makes efficient use of whatever food is available." To Jerry Craig, a Jamaican artist and currently an importer of a line of herbs and spices labeled "Ital", the word means pure or natural.
ital (plural italok)
Inflection of ital (plural in -ok, back harmony)
Possessive forms of ital
Old High German