I'll be the first to admit my ignorance to southern foods (and how often I giggle about the translations I'm given). I've vowed to someday (when my money tree grows ) to come down there just to journey through a food court. I need to know what grits taste like before I die. I was beginning to think that my local area had nothing to offer that "all y'all" ~giggle~ didn't have down there. I have to say; I was pretty pleased with finding something "new" to a southerner: Marionberry and Strawberry-rhubarb preserves. I live among the berries. Our family favorite is the huckleberry with the evergreen and marion (both blackberry varieties) pulling a close second. We also have filberts (hazelnuts), hops, and peppermint. Of course, a lot of things are grown around us, but these items are abundant. So, I thought it'd be interesting to see what grows in your local area that might not be found in abundance elsewhere.