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Food in South Carolina

South Carolinians like traditional Southern cuisine.

Poultry, beef cattle, dairy products, soybeans and hogs are the main food industries in South Carolina.

Peaches, corn and other fruits are also grown in the fertile farmland. South Carolina is one of the main producers of peaches in the United States.

The first crop grown for profit in South Carolina was rice. Rice grew well in the swampy areas near the coast and it was cultivated as early as 1680s. There is a Rice Museum in Georgetown where you can learn about this cereal.

There is a commercial tea farm in South Carolina, near Charleston. The Charleston Tea Plantation sells tea under the brand American Classic Tea and its own name.

South Carolina foods

it is Southern cuisine Favorite Southern dishes are fried chicken, ham, steak, prime rib, catfish, chitlins, crackling bread, stew, hush puppies, seafood, salads, casseroles, pickles, preserves, coleslaw, corn bread, black eyed peas, turnip greens, peach cobbler, fried okra, sweet potato pie and boiled peanuts.

Popular dishes for breakfast are home made biscuits, fried ham, bacon, gravy, grits, sausages and pancakes.

The preferred drinks are whiskey and sweet iced tea.

...and food events

Oyster Festival, Charleston, every year in January or February. Shuck oysters to your heart's content, try a very traditional South Carolina coastal stew and other dishes.

South Carolina
The Palmetto State
Capital: Columbia
State bird: Carolina wren
State animal: White tailed deer
State tree: Palmetto
State flower: Carolina Jessamine

South Carolina recipes

Peach leather

When in South Carolina visit

Charleston is home to many Southern coastal dishes and some unique to Charleston. Shrimp 'n grits is its signature dish. There are steamed oysters, low country crab cakes, Beaufort stew, collard greens, bread pudding, crème brûlée, barbecue and fried chicken.

There are plenty of upscale restaurants to discover there.