Catfish, a type of fish without scales, were first caught in Mississippi's rivers, but these days they more often come from special fish farms where they are raised in artificial ponds. Mississippi is first in the country at producing farm-raised catfish, and commercial fishing boats bring in shrimp, oysters, and red snapper from the Gulf of Mexico.
Farmers grow pecans, sweet potatoes, peaches, watermelons, soybeans and rice. They also breed poultry and cattle. Dairy products and food processing have are significant industries in Mississippi.
If visiting Mississippi, try root beer, a popular drink in many of the States that was invented by Edward Adolf Barq Sr. in Biloxi in 1898.
Mississippi food is typical Southerner food. Bacon, sausage patties, ham, biscuits and gravy, or grits are popular breakfast foods in Mississippi.
For dinner, main courses are fried chicken, hickory smoked ribs, deep-fried catfish, barbecued beef and chicken, complemented with seafood from the Gulf of Mexico, country fried steak and chitlins. The main course may be served with cornbread or flaky biscuits on the side. Popular vegetables are okra, collard greens, black eyed peas, green beans and corn on the cob. A common dish served with catfish is called "hush puppies" and they are balls of fried cornmeal dough. While fresh-caught fish were cleaned, rolled in cornmeal, and fried over a fire, some cornmeal was mixed with milk or water and fried in the same pan. These fried balls were given to the dogs to keep them from whining to be fed while people were cooking, hence the name hush puppies.
Have a sweet for dessert: Pecan pie, pudding, or peach cobbler will finish off the meal.
…and food events
Seafood Festival, Biloxi, September.