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guinea corn grits

n. coarsely ground guinea-corn meal. = ISLAND GRITS, NATIVE GRITS, RED GRITS, YELLOW GRITS (Eleu)

Tags: food, noun, plant

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Last update: 2011-05-23 16:33
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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Comment of Alexandria King:
When asked about his knowledge of guinea corn grits, 55 year old Sterling King from Cat Island had a lot to say. He said first you would grind the corn. By doing this your end products would be flour, grits and hoax. The hoax is coarser than the grits. The Islanders would use flour for meals like flour pap o to make bread, and the hoax would either be thrown away or given to the animals. Then over a fire coal they would set an iron pot with water and salt. When the water starts boiling the grits would be added and when the grits was “soaked” they covered it up with an iron cover. After the cover was placed, fire coal would be placed over the cover. Altogether it took 30 to 40 minutes for the grits to be done. The grits would usually be served with fish or conch. Mr. King said that guinea corn was very popularly farmed when he was growing up. Though, in the 70s it was sacredly used anymore. He believes this was due to rice becoming more familiar to the Island.
Added at: 2014-03-11 23:45