Haitian Epis is a flavor base used in nearly all Haitian food. The
recipe varies from region to region and cook to cook, but it typically contains peppers,
garlic, and various herbs. The base is typically used to make rice and beans, stews and
soups. It is also
used to marinate various meats and fish. The base originates from Taino
and African roots and is similar to the base used in Hispanic cuisine called
Sofrito. In many rural parts of Haiti, epis is created using wooden Mortar with pestle. Now a days a blender is used. Haitian Epis can also be referred to as a pesto sauce. The use of cooking bases is widely used in many Caribbean cultures.