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Titiree, (Titiree) a word that survived the Caribs, is an appetizing culinary delicacy. People often ask about the origin of the tetiree. The following from Dr. Groome who once taught Botany and other science subjects at the G.B.S.S. (Tony do you remember him?) in Grenada:
“ Both Dr. J.C. Tyler of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, and Dr. M. Boeseman, of the Natural History Museum in Leiden, have examined samples of these and conform that they are the post larval stage of the Gobid fish (cicydium plumieri) which migrate up our rivers from the sea in enormous numbers in the latter half of the year. D.S. Erdman confirms that “They are strong swimmers and their ventral sucking disk (formed of the fused pelvic fins) enables them to cling to rocks in swiftly moving water.”
From a Natural History of Grenada, West Indies by Dr. John Groome.
Anytime you visit the Busheree in Sauteurs look for the tetirie. The Busheree is a word that points to the area where the sea and river meet. The people caught tetiree in a method that was known as “raising your bag” for it involved placing stones on crocus bags where the tetiree rested and were caught.
Titiree fishcake anyone?
No Wendell, I do not know Dr. Groome, but I heard his name mentioned before. Incidentally there were many GBSS masters not only from Grenada but from other parts of the West Indies as well who went on to have remarkable careers. The ex-president of Guyana, Mr. Hoyt, for example was one of those who once taught at the GBSS.
And my good man, how could you mention only >>the Busheree in Sauteurs look for the tetirie?<< You mean Gouyaveman wasted his time in making you a bona fide, but honorary Gouyave man?(lol). If you didn't know that the Busheree in Gouyave is as famous as anywhere else for “raising your bag” to catch loads and loads of tetirie, then we'll have to recind that title that Gouyaveman proudly gave you.
Seriously though, I always wondered about where those little critters came from. I thought they were little "kungs" or sea eels that were making their way up the river to spawn.
And oh yes, you can invite me over anytime to feast on curried titiree and rice or fishcakes.
My grandmother used to make Titiree fishcake> Wendell, Titiree fishcake, bakes and cooca tea made my mouth water.
I remember a skinny girl who was called Titiree.
>>>Titiree, (Titiree) a word that survived the Caribs, is an appetizing culinary delicacy. People often ask about the origin of the tetiree. The following from Dr. Groome who once taught Botany and other science subjects at the G.B.S.S. (Tony do you remember him?) in Grenada:<<<
A happy New Year to you all.
I didn't know/think Titiree (sp) was a Carib word, (not that I know any Carib words.) I deduced it was/is a patois word, derived from petit/petite (Small) and ree (sp) meaning river. Actually the 2 nouns in your post title appear related to me and as far as I know are patois words,"busheree" from bouche (mouth) and ree, river, therefore 'mouth of the river', where little fish (titiree) are caught. But I could be wrong. My thinking is sometimes fanciful.
Your description of the Gobid fish (cicydium plumieri) immediately brought to mind a fish, (if that's what it was,) which as a boy I knew well, aptly called Suckstone. Now thanks to you, I believe I can give it it's scientific name.
From my own observations gained from years of familiarity with rivers in St John's I know that some of these Titiree mature into a fish called Lush. I know once titiree turn Lush yu cyan eat dem.
Concerning the good Dr Groome, my Biology master, he made a lasting impression on me with his love and knowledge of all things wildlife in Grenada. It was because of him I stopped killing snakes and serpents, an act practised by most small boys and many adults in Grenada. I now welcome them into my garden where their presence bring me joy and the knowledge that my garden is chemical-free, healthy and a good environment for wildlife.
If you don't eat it don't kill it.
I entirely agree with you that titiree is delicious and I partake whenever I can, even if I have to overcome some mental resistance brought on by visualisation of strange deposits in the busheree.
Oddly most titiree consumed in Gouyave nowadays are caught in Victoria.
Mangodog, I must thank you for you informative response. I think however I can provide more clarity regarding the use the origin of Titerie. I believe the way Beverly Steele spells it in her book “Grenada, A History of its People” might shed more light.
On page 46 she writes, “Many words such as hurricane, ajupa (a hut) titiwe (the name for little fish), Mabouya (evil spirit or the much- feared little lizard are part of the Grenadian vocabulary.”
Perhaps the spelling “titiwe” might make a difference.
Where the river meets the sea is called:
Busheree - Patois