Celebrate A Familiar Louisiana Dish On October 12

Dated: 10/02/2017

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National Gumbo Day is held annually on October 12 to honor that delectable concoction of vegetables and sauce made with meat and seafood. This dish is beloved by Louisianans and has been around since the 18th century. Most historians credit its origin as West Africa because the African name for okra is “ki ngumbo”.  It is assumed that enslaved Africans in Louisiana brought their cooking skills with them and may have helped develop the dish. Gumbo remained a favorite dish for Louisiana until the 1970’s when gumbo was added to the menu at the U.S. Senate for Senator Allen Ellender of Louisiana. After this, gumbo became well-known and popular throughout the United States. For information on the history of gumbo, click the link that follows: tps://www.spicesinc.com/p-4254-where-did-gumbo-really-come-from.aspx. Gumbo consists of seafood and/or meat in a stock with highly seasoned vegetables including onions, celery and bell peppers, referred to as the “holy trinity”. Another important ingredient is okra, which is used as a thickening agent for the sauce. A couple of other methods used to thicken the sauce include adding a roux (flour and oil mixture) or adding the spice filé (ground sassafras leaves). The okra and filé also add a great amount of flavor to the gumbo. Every year New Iberia sponsors the World Championship Gumbo Cook Off where someone will win an award for the Best Gumbo. This competition is usually held during the first two weeks of October and coincides with National Gumbo Day. For information on the gumbo cookoff, please see the following link: https://www.iberiatravel.com/events/world-championship-gumbo-cookoff.

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