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Ingredient Spotlight: Corn

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In honor of Indigenous People’s Day, October’s Ingredient Spotlight lands on an agricultural mainstay with an enduring history in South Carolina that predates the white colonizing powers for whom Charleston is named. Today, we’re talking about corn.  As a contemporary commercial ingredient, corn is arguably overused in the American diet, and to that end has…

Rum in Charleston, Past and Present

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With its subtropical climate and colorful streetscapes reminiscent of islands like Barbados, many visitors to Charleston make the assumption that Charleston has long been a rum-producing city. Those visitors are often disappointed to hear that, despite appearances, their assumption is incorrect. Sugar cane failed to take root as a major crop in South Carolina the…

Soup to (Boiled) Nuts: The Peanut’s Long Journey to South Carolina

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The history of peanuts in the United States in general, and in the Southern states specifically, is inseparably tied to the African diaspora; as is the case for many foods for which the Carolinas are now famous. Peanuts find their native footing in ancient South America, where their nutritious, substantive character seemed to be as…

Ingredient Spotlight: Okra

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“This okra is cooked perfectly, and I’m pretty snobby about my okra,” quips food celeb Padma Lakshmi to Bill Green, chef and co-owner of the Gullah Grub restaurant of St. Helena Island, in the fourth episode of Padma’s newest show, “Taste the Nation”. Through the series, Padma explores the multicultural, multi-ethnic origins of America’s favorite…

Ingredient Spotlight: Heron Farms Sea Beans

Welcome to the first installment of our series that focuses, each season, on a different exciting ingredient that’s being utilized in restaurants and bars around Charleston! Sea Beans (a.k.a. Salicornia Virginica), are our first Ingredient Spotlight – specifically, sea beans grown by lowcountry hydroponics star, Heron Farms. Sam Norton, a College of Charleston biology grad,…

Charleston’s 16 Most Iconic Dishes [& Where To Find Them!]

The dishes that define Charleston by Erin [email protected] Sep 28, 2017 Lowcountry Boil — very classic Charleston Ashley Mitchell Those looking for staples of Charleston’s culinary scene, take notice. This is a roundup of food that defines the city’s cuisine. From okra soup to country captain to oyster stew, relatively new to old standbys,…

Restaurants That Offer Peak Eating In the Lowcountry

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By Hannah Raskin Aug 25, 2017 Critics are forever being asked to name the city’s best restaurant. It’s an impossible question to answer, since at best it is an ambiguous concept (and I’ll spare you the rest of the spiel for now). But the following restaurants are the sources of some of Charleston’s peak eating experiences….