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May 7, 2013

Everyone living in the Lowcountry should have their favorite way to cook, eat rice

Rice was grown in the United States for the first time in 1694 when some seed was obtained from the captain of a ship trading at the harbor in Charleston. This was the beginning of the slave trade to the Lowcountry of South Carolina, the coasts of Georgia and Florida. This area of the country was ideal for growing rice. West Africans knew how to cultivate the crop. Rice grew so well in the fertile swampy lands here that many proclaimed Charleston to be the area where the world's finest rice was produced. It was called "gold rice," worth the weight of gold.

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