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One of the original Thirteen Colonies, South Carolina was named after England’s King Charles II (from the Latinate Carolus). Along its long border with the Atlantic lies a stretch of coastal plains, marshlands, swamps, and Sea Islands known as the Lowcountry. Here, French and West African culinary traditions came together to build a cuisine based on rice and the area's abundant seafood. Frogmore stew and shrimp-and-grits, for example, are culinary creations credited to African-Americans known as the Gullah. If you use words like "goober" (for peanut) and "gumbo," you're speaking a bit of Gullah. South Carolina’s Lowcountry also stands out as the first place where tea was successfully grown in the United States. Today, sweet tea is practically synonymous with South Carolina hospitality. Barbeque is big throughout the South, and in the Carolinas it often means pulled pork shoulder, cooked long and low over flavor-forging wood smoke. In South Carolina, mustard is a common base for tangy barbecue sauces. Georgia may be called the Peach State, but South Carolina actually produces more of these sweet, juicy stone fruits.

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