For those who have not had the pleasure of tasting this delightful dish, gumbo is a rich stew usually filled with meat, shellfish, celery, peppers and onions and served over a bed of rice.
A dish that originated out of Louisiana in the 18th century, gumbo has become a staple of New Orleans-esque cuisine and has grown in distinction not just in the southernmost parts of the United States, but the world in general.
It is said that gumbo, much like Louisiana in general, is a savory mix of different ingredients that has introduced and blended a culture as a whole.
There is a strong debate over the true origin of the gumbo dish.
Many believe that the original recipe developed out of different interpretations of traditional West African cuisine, while there are those who believe that gumbo was derived from French cooking ideas and technique.
Regardless of origin of the idea for gumbo, it is a meal to be enjoyed and honored on its national day.