Musings on Floridian food

When working men homesteaded in Key West… “The wives they imported from Northern states to help build the family stakes in the fruitful land would remember forever eating their first mangoes and making them into pie, as they had made apple pies back home. These women and railroad wives everywhere in Florida developed countless ways to use guavas, carambolas, fresh ginger, and local seafood. They left their mark on the cookery of Florida…”

From The Florida Cookbook: from Gulf Coast Gumbo to Key Lime Pie, an educational book on the evolution of Florida’s gastronomy I found at our Destin beach house.