Steamy Okra Gumbo Art Print by Elaine Hodges

Let’s talk New Orleans Gumbo! The history of Gumbo

The name “Gumbo” derives from a West African word for okra, suggesting that gumbo was originally made with okra. The use of filé (dried and ground sassafras leaves) was a contribution of the Choctaws and, possibly, other local tribes. Roux has its origin in French cuisine. Gumbo is closely associated with a melting pot of Louisiana cooking, but New Orleans is known for having the … Continue reading Let’s talk New Orleans Gumbo! The history of Gumbo