Gullah Geechee Culinary Traditions Step Into the Spotlight

Nevin Martell

Enslaved West Africans were brought to the South’s Low Country in the 18th century to work the land and harvest crops like rice and cotton. The slaves who settled in the coastal plains and the Sea Islands of South Carolina became known as the Gullah, while those in Georgia and the northern reaches of Florida were called the Geechee (also spelled Gheechee). The two names are used interchangeably when discussing the culinary customs of these unwilling...