Food Culture

Frogmore stew full of corn on the cob, shrimp, and sausage being poured on a table next to pickled okra and hot sauce.

South Carolina shrimp in a fresh batch of Frogmore stew. Image courtesy of SCPRT.

There are lots of foods, ingredients, and cooking styles that have been popular in South Carolina.

SC Food Symbols

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 DISCUS

Famous Flavors of South Carolina

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

  • Soul Food DISCUS
    Soul food is African-American cooking that originated in the rural South, often including collard greens, chitterlings, grits, and other local food.
  • Comfort Food DISCUS
    South Carolina is known for its simple hearty dishes.
  • Southern Cuisine
    Learn the history of typically southern foods such as she-crab soup, sweet tea, and collard greens.
  • Barbeque DISCUS
    South Carolina loves its barbeque. Learn more about the history and techniques of this ancient cooking method.
  • Recipes DISCUS
    Two of South Carolina's most popular dishes, Low Country boil and sweet potato pie.

World's Largest Sweet Tea

Summerville, SC is home to Mason, the world's largest sweet tea. Check out the video below to see how they made it into the record by setting the Guinness World Record for the World's Largest Iced Tea on June 10, 2016.

Shrimp and grits
SC shrimp and grits

South Carolina's Food Traditions