Southeast Local Flavors

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> Gumbo – This spicy stew consists of shellfish, okra, seasoned vegetables, and spices. In the South, hosting a gumbo can also refer to having a casual social gathering.

> Stone Crabs – Florida stone crabs are a delicious delicacy that are harvested strictly for their claws. Removed at the time of catch, the crab is released back into the water where it will regrow its claws.

> Okra – A delicacy to the deep south, okra is usually breaded, deep-fried, or used as a thickener in gumbo. The entire okra plant is edible; its leaves can be used in salads and the seeds can be used as an alternative for coffee.

> Barbecue – Barbecue has been made famous in the southeastern states, especially in the Carolinas where there are many different styles of locally-refined barbecue sauces.

> Fruit – Oranges, lemons, limes, peaches, grapefruits and more are prevalent throughout the southeast states. With its warm, moist air, the area is the ideal location for harvesting fruit.