Soul Food History


Plantation Owners


While the plantation owners would eat large meals that consisted of salted meats, fish and mostly root vegetables, the slaves were feed the local growing fruits, such as pineapple, plantains and corn which could be used to make bread.

Soul Food originated


Slaves got small cut offs of meat frothier Master's ( pig feet, gizzard, and ham hocks ) that was all they had to work with. It was common for slaves to make one pot meals on a shelf above the fireplace.

Crops and Slave Cuisines


All of the plants reached the mainland of North America either directly from Africa, or came with enslaved Africans destined for North America and through trade with the West Indies.

George Washington


He brought 40 bushels of black-eyed peas seeds for planting on his plantation.

Lloyd plantation


A slave born on the Lloyd plantation in 1817, meals prepared and cooked for their owners and guests included a wide variety of foods and beverages.



These crops included several basic starches central to the African diet, for instance rice, okra, black-eyed peas, cassava, yams, and kidney and lima beans. Other crops brought from Africa included peanuts, millet, sorghum, guinea melon, liquorice, watermelon, and sesame ).

Fredrick Douglass


Slaves usually received a monthly allowance of corn meal and salt-herrings. Frederick Douglass received one bushel of corn meal a month plus eight pounds of pork or fish. Some plantation owners gave their slaves a small piece of land, a truck-patch, where they could grow vegetables

Fried Chicken


Scottish immigrants to the southern United States, had a tradition of deep frying chicken in fat, unlike their English counterparts who baked or boiled chicken. A number of West African cuisines featured dishes where chicken was fried, typically in palm oil, sometimes having been battered before.

The term "Soul"


This was when the term "Soul" became popular which was use in soul food and soul music.