Provisions vs. provisioning
When we first started researching this whole cruising thing we came to find that there was an entirely new language that we’d need to familiarize ourselves with. Freeboard, halyard, bilge… the list of new words went on and on. We learned that before setting sail, especially to more isolated spots, we’d want to “provision,” that is, purchase food and supplies that we could live off until the time that we next found a suitable spot to shop. Now that we’re in the West Indies though, we’ve learned that the word provision, or more specifically ground provisions, means something entirely different.
To those in Grenada, Trinidad and other islands in the WI, ground provisions is a term used to describe a number of traditional vegetable and fruit staples that are planted in the ground. Breadfruit, green banana, yams, sweet potatoes, potatoes and other root vegetables are all considered provisions. Recipes often call for ground provisions instead of specific vegetables and restaurant menus will frequently list meals as coming with provisions instead of telling you specifically which vegetables they’ll be serving. We’re always learning!