Have some Jamaican Easter bun and cheese

Jamaica small spice bunsEaster is a special time in Jamaica and the world.  Basically the country shuts down from Holy Thursday to Easter Monday.  During this season, one of the things that is eaten is bun and cheese.  It is actually eaten year round, but at Easter it is special for some reason. The Jamaica Observer, local newspaper,  talks a little about the origins of bun and cheese on their site.

Wedges of Cheddar cheeseThe cheese, cheddar, comes in a can and you buy as much as you need usually in pound portions cut in triangles or half circles just for you.  The bun is bought from your local grocery store.  At Easter, a special bun is made appropriately called “Easter bun.”  It is much larger and is about the size of a load of bread. It has a lot of extra fruits in it. If you don’t get your early, you may not haev anything to eat on Good Friday.

This is big business as you can imagine.  No one goes without bun and cheese at Easter.

Have you ever tried bun and cheese? If so, what do you think?

These pictures were graciously taken by a friend of mine in New York as they enjoyed their bun (straight from Jamaica) and cheese (from a local Jamaican food store in the Bronx).

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  1. Jim O
    2 years ago

    Just had one of these buns because they were on sale in my local Halal supermarket. But like a hot cross bun. Not bad but VERY dense and filling! Next time I’ll look out for the cheese!

    • Kerwin
      2 years ago

      Hi Jim,
      Yes, definitely try the cheese with it.

  2. Jim O
    2 years ago

    I’m in Wales, UK by the way!

  3. Ann
    2 years ago

    My niece and nephews dropped by on Easter Sunday and ate most of our Easter bun, mum’s having a hissy fit in the kitchen at the moment so if anyone knows where I can get another bun on Easter Monday it would be very much appreciated!

  4. Samantha
    1 year ago


    Where in London can you buy this cheese?

    Please help me out.

    • Kerwin
      9 months ago

      Hi Samantha,
      Sorry I’m just seeing your note here. Try Tescos.`

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