Food Culture


SC Food Symbols

SC Food SymbolsSC state foods clockwise from top left: boiled peanuts, tea, peaches, and milk.

These foods have become official symbols for the State of South Carolina.

  • State Fruit: Peach
  • State Beverage: Milk
  • State Hospitality Beverage: Tea
  • State Snack: Boiled Peanuts

Famous Flavors of South Carolina

From she-crab soup to sweet tea and grits, come learn about South Carolina food at its finest!

South Carolina & Southern Foods

What foods do you consider to be South Carolina specialties?

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    Meet South Carolinians who are cooking, bottling, barbequing, and making hash.
  • Chitlin’ Strut
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  • High on the Hog
    Learn about barbequing traditions throughout the state.
  • South Carolina Produce pdf
    Find out which types of produce grown in South Carolina are currently available.
  • Southern Cuisine
    Learn the history of typically southern foods such as she-crab soup, sweet tea, and collard greens.

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