Happy National Gumbo Day!
Gumbo originated in southern Louisiana during the 18th century and combines ingredients and culinary practices of several cultures. Elements of the recipe can be linked to French, Spanish, German, West African, and Choctaw cuisine. The first historical reference to gumbo appears in an 1803 document, which describes the menu at a gubernatorial reception in New Orleans.
The origins of the name Gumbo are attributed to several different sources; an African word for okra, the Bantu word for okra
(ki ngombo) or the Choctaw word for filé (kombo).
Enjoy the official dish of Louisiana over rice and celebrate National Gumbo Day!