Sense of Place: The Flavors of Florida

After getting a feel for New England cuisine, we thought we'd take a look at a different--and slightly warmer--part of the eastern shoreline: Florida!

Florida cuisine has always taken full advantage of what the land and the sea has to offer. And why wouldn't they?! The flavors of the land pair so well with the flavors of the sea that finding ingredients that don't go together is near impossible. With practically a year-round growing season, fresh fruits and vegetables are always at hand! Think citrus. Think seafood so fresh it hardly needs to be cooked. Think mojitos on a humid Florida evening.

Can't you just taste the tropics?!Clean, bright flavors are the name of the game in this part of the country! Here are some typical ingredients you'll find in a lot of the cuisine:

Fruit/Citrus:
Oranges
Limes
Key limes
Guavas
Mangoes
Tamarind
Bananas

Vegetables:
Yuca (aka Cassava, Manioc)
Plantain
Yam
Black Beans

Fish and Seafood:
Grouper
Snapper
Amberjack
Wahoo
Stone Crab
Conch
Shrimp

Spices/Flavorings:
Ginger
Cilantro
Mint

Your turn! What else would you add to our list?!

Related: Sense of Place: The Food of New England

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