Haiti - Soup Joumou

Haitian butternut squash soup, also known as "Soup Joumou," holds a significant cultural and historical importance in Haiti. Its origins date back to the country's tumultuous history, specifically the Haitian Revolution, which occurred between 1791 and 1804.

During the French colonial rule of Haiti, enslaved Africans were prohibited from consuming soup made from pumpkin, a delicacy reserved for the slave masters. However, on January 1, 1804, Haiti successfully gained independence from France, becoming the first independent black republic in the world. This day is celebrated annually as Haitian Independence Day.

To commemorate their newfound freedom, Haitians began a tradition of making and sharing Soup Joumou on January 1st. This soup, made from butternut squash (or pumpkin), along with vegetables, meat (typically beef), and spices, symbolizes liberty, unity, and the overthrow of oppression.

Soup Joumou is not only a dish but a manifestation of Haitian resilience, strength, and pride. It represents the struggle for freedom and the perseverance of the Haitian people against colonialism and oppression. Today, Soup Joumou remains an integral part of Haitian cuisine and culture, enjoyed not only on Independence Day but throughout the year as a cherished culinary tradition.

We have it on our menu at Manje Caribbean and can't wait to serve you