There’s nothing better in terms of taste and freshness than eating local produce. Whether you are a fruit and veg person or enjoy fresh seafood and the salty sweetness of shellfish, Hilton Head Island’s local produce is, well, to die for. And not only that. By buying local produce, you are helping the local economy, local people and of course reducing pollution.
Local Produce in Hilton Head Island
Being an island, there is, of course, going to be seafood in Hilton Head. Low country oysters, shrimp, scallops, clams soft shell crabs, live blue crabs and of course, fish, arriving fresh from the Atlantic Ocean, mean that local dishes are not only packed with goodness, and vibrantly fresh, but also taste-bud tingly delicious.
The Farmers’ Market in Bluffton gives residents and visitors the chance to buy fresh local fruits, vegetables, flowers and herbs in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere while pausing for a chat, enjoying the entertainment or just feeling part of the vibrant and thriving community in Bluffton. All the while, supporting local producers and enjoying the excellent quality foods which are on sale.
Depending on the day and time of year, you can also find fresh meat, bread, honey, juices and much more at the Farmers Market.
Eating on Hilton Head Island
Of course, buying your own fresh produce is the perfect motivation for cooking at home, but the delicious local produce can also be tasted in some of the island’s 250 delightful restaurants.
There is a wide range of restaurants, from a romantic seafood place on the seafront to traditional Gullah restaurants serving local specialties, or even just munching on a bucket of peel-and-eat shrimp on the beach. There are also Mediterranean, Asian and other international cuisine restaurants to throw into the mix, taking you on a gastronomical world tour. So whatever your budget, whatever your taste or whatever the situation, there is something for everyone.
Low Country Cuisine
Thanks to the rich mix of cultures in the area, the local cuisine is equally rich. The traditional low country cuisine is unsurprisingly based around seafood. Crabs, shrimp, and fish are major players in this vibrant cuisine which borrows in part from the spicy Caribbean and earthy West Africa. Alongside fish, you will find and abundance of okra, sweet potato, and chili. And of course, there is also the famous BBQ.
Traditional Gullah dishes include Gumbo, Frogmore Stew, boils, roasts and a plethora of rice dishes – recipes which were adapted from traditional West African cooking to use the ingredients which were readily available in the area.
A visit to Hilton Head Island can be so much more than outstanding nature, great golf and traditional plantations. The gastronomic scene alone can give you weeks of entertainment and a new experience every day, and the abundance of excellent local produce is the key to such fine cuisine.