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Day 362 of 365 Things to Do, See & Eat in Jamaica – Celebrate Bussu in Swift River

Bussu
Written by Staff Writer

The bussu is a small freshwater shellfish found in the rivers of Portland on the northeast part of Jamaica, especially in the Rio Grande Valley, the Swift River Valley and the Buff Bay Valley. Bussu live for about three to seven years, clinging to rocks and stones just under the surface of the water. The shellfish are gathered year round and popularly served in soup, boiled with other ingredients. Bussu was part of the traditional diet of the indigenous Maroon people and is said to have aphrodisiac properties. During the summer, bussu festivals are held in Swift River. They highlight many unique traditions of the island, including kumina, which uses drumming, dancing and chanting to call on ancestral spirits. The bussu is in danger of disappearing due to invasive species in its natural habitat and overfishing.

About 365 Things to Do, See and Eat in Jamaica
Jamaica has so many unique foods, places and events to offer. These things are often missed by visitors to Jamaica and even locals. Our goal is to have you try new things and see what Jamaica has to fully offer with something to do 365 days of the year. Please note that these are all our opinions and we are always open to suggestions.

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