Caribbean food is known across the world for its rich flavours and is a food category which is growing in the UK and beyond as many people are increasingly curious to try food from different cultures and more established restaurants pop up. However, one of the major downsides to this cuisine is the impact it can have on health which is reflected in the abnormally high rates of dietary-health illnesses such as high blood pressure or diabetes across Afro-Caribbean communities the world over. One entrepreneur who left her career in the City of London to launch a health-conscious contemporary Caribbean food offering that you can enjoy guilt-free is Afiya Titus, founder of Lime Hut.
Afiya grew up in the UK with parents who were the first British-born progeny of her Windrush generation grandparents, hailing from Jamaica and St Vincent and the Grenadines to be precise. The West Indian influence in the household growing up was very present and further complemented by annual trips to visit her grandparents, alternating between the Islands where her parents were from. Outside of the home, however, the experience was very different.
Afiya attended a girl’s boarding school in Berkshire on a full scholarship, the only way her parents would have been able to afford it and openly classifies herself as a ‘nerd who excelled academically’. Unsure what route to go down she took on a variety of subjects in school with the only career she had given any serious thought being a diplomat. In light of this, she pursued a degree in French and Latin at UCL, subjects she had studied and enjoyed from the age of 8. Like many students, the university provided a great platform for discovery and Afiya soon found herself connecting with people from similar backgrounds in the African-Carribean Society. Soon after she became president of the society and meshing her academics and career aspirations with engaging with the community didn’t seem like such a foreign concept any more.