Bill Green and his family have been preparing authentic Gullah meals at his restaurant for over 15 years. Bill follows the rules of Gullah traditions when it comes to preparing food. First, eat in season. Each season brings a special harvest and when you eat in season you help protect the earth and maintain balance. For example, Gullah folk only eat oysters during the months ending with the letter R – September through December.
This ensures the oyster beds have time to grow and mature. Unfortunately, due to societal changes and growth, this practice is no longer being observed. As a result, oysters are being over harvested for profits and people are eating this cherished seafood practically all year round.
Second rule, eat locally. By choosing to eat local you support the small farmer, cut down on need for transportation and you are not buying foods that are grown in a hothouse that is often genetically modified for longer shelf life. The new term floating around these days is “organic”.
The Gullah people have been eating organically for centuries. For several years now Bill and his wife Sara have been teaching the youth in the Beaufort, South Carolina community how to grow and prepare food following the Gullah traditions.