Florida Heritage Foods

Cultural Collections


The religious landscape in Florida is comprised of a wide range of historical and contemporary communities throughout the state. Catholicism was introduced to the Floridian peninsula by the Spanish in the 16th century and Jewish people fleeing the Spanish Inquisition represent some of the earliest immigrants to the area. Today, the state is also home to some of the largest Jewish populations in the world along with some of the oldest and newest Protestant Christian communities. The crops listed below represent a few Florida heritage foods that are significant in Biblical Scriptures, and sacred foods in a variety of religions are represented throughout the cultural collections.