Florida Heritage Foods

Cultural Collections


The arrival of enslaved African people in Florida during the 16th century transformed the cultural landscape, and since that time African culture has played a significant role in shaping agriculture and cuisine in Florida. African crops, farming techniques, and cooking practices were integrated into Florida’s cultural fabric. Today, African culture and history in Florida is preserved in the history and culture of African-American communities throughout the state, and African influences are refreshed by the arrival of new immigrants from Africa each year. The crops below represent a few foods that are significant to African history in Florida as well as newer foods from Africa that are gaining popularity today.