A popular dish in Louisiana, West Africa, the Lowcountry of South Carolina, and many Southern places in the South is Gumbo. When we hear the word gumbo, comfort comes to mind. This comfort food has healed the hearts and bodies of many and is a mixture that can be altered or duplicated to your liking. More veggies or more meats, gumbo can be changed to your preference and still filled with amazing flavors and spices that remind you of home. Gumbo is such a Southern tradition that there are Black Owned Gumbo Mixes that are making our flavor journey to Gumbo land much easier. Below are a few mixes you should try in your next Gumbo.
Heritage Food: Black-Owned Gumbo Mixes For Your Kitchen
Nana’s Southern Cooking
Nana’s Southern Blend comes in a 9 oz or 6 oz bottle that is low on salt but bold with flavors. This blend is mixed with fresh vegetables and fresh ingredients which is perfect for making soups, meatloaf and of course our personal favorite Gumbo. If you want to use this seasoning for much more look to add to dirty rice or even homemade fries. It doesn’t matter in which way you used this product; you will not be disappointed.
Mee-Ma’s Louisiana Gumbo Brick
Gumbo is even more delicious when it is completely made for you. Mee-Ma’s Louisiana Gumbo Brick is made easy and makes your gumbo process simple as well. Available in the real frozen roux by the “brick” and in complete ready-serve meals, Mee-Ma’s company makes it easy to whip up something quick and only requires you to add water and your meat of choice. The amazing flavors are already packed in a box that can arrive at your door steps quickly.
Neilly’s Foods offers a tasty Cajun Gumbo Rice Mix. This mix consists of a healthy blend of rice and all natural cajun Southern spices. Neilly’s Gumbo Rice Mix gets us ready to cook by knowing that we only have to add water and enjoy. Neilly’s mix cooks in just 20 minutes and can be paired with any protein of your choice. One package is said to serve 12 suitable meals and is appropriate for vegan or vegetarian diets as well. The Black-Owned brand Neilly’s Food brings authentic African flavors in a pack that can be delivered to you. So we suggest that you purchase now and enjoy!
Each of these mixes are perfect for making Gumbo and are crafted through the history of Gumbo. Gumbo is a sacred tradition to the South and our black heritage.
History of Gumbo
Many can agree that Gumbo is a dish that is known more in the creole culture, however, this dish dates back to West Africa; which is where many of our cajun, creole and Southern dishes originate. In West Africa, the word gumbo comes from the work “ki ngombo,” which is what we would know to or referred to as okra. Originally gumbo was made with okra and can still be found with okra and other ingredients as well. From seafood to sausage and tomatoes or peppers, Gumbo is a mixture of a little bit of this and a whole lot of that and turns into something amazing. This roux style soup texture is awesome when paired with white rice and is ideal for serving for large families and friends gatherings.
We know that Gumbo is one of your favorite meals and wanted to provide each of you with some quick mixes that can make your Gumbo process quicker and tastier.