When it comes to bragging rights, Mississippi’s definitely got them. From food to music, here are 12 things Mississippians are just better at.
It’s no mistake that Mississippi is called the “Hospitality State.” Being friendly is just part of being a Mississippian.
Mississippi residents aren’t just friendly. They’re generous too, and the proof is in the numbers. An analysis from “The Chronicle of Philanthropy” listed Mississippi’s giving percentage as 4.99%, second only to Utah. To put that number into perspective, Mississippi residents donated an average of $49.90 for every $1,000 they earned.
3. Singing the Blues
From Elvis Presley to too many legendary blues musicians to count, Mississippi has a rich musical heritage. Identified as the “Birthplace of America’s Music,” the state’s history lives on through the Mississippi Blues Trail, notable blues clubs, such as Po’ Monkey’s and Ground Zero, and the newly opened GRAMMY Museum.
4. Raising Catfish
In 2013, Mississippi farmers raised the largest amount of catfish in the nation, which had a value of $79.2 million.
5. And Frying Them
Mississippians aren’t just good at raising catfish; they know how to fry them too. In fact, the state is known for frying up some of the best in the country and is home to several nationally-recognized fish houses.
6. Making Sweet Tea
To wash down that perfectly fried catfish, you’ll definitely need a glass of the “house wine of Mississippi.” With a name like that, there’s no denying residents know how to make a good pitcher of tea.
7. Blessin’ Hearts
Situated in the Bible belt, it’s pretty safe to assume Mississippians are religious, but according to a study by “Gallup,” the state is the most religious in the nation, with 61% of residents considered to be “very religious.”
8. Telling Tales
Home to several notable writers, including William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, and Tennessee Williams, it’s clear that Mississippians know how to tell a good story. The Mississippi portion of the Southern Literary Trail is a great way to learn about the state’s contribution to the world of literature.
9. Rolling Hot Tamales
And while we’re talking about trails, let’s not forget about the Mississippi Hot Tamale Trail.
The culinary trail spans from Tunica to Vicksburg and includes a ton of amazing restaurants that have become known for their versions of the hot tamale.
Barbecue may not have been invented in Mississippi, but it sure was perfected here. Whether you’re in the state’s Northern Hills region, on the Gulf Coast, or anywhere in between, delicious barbecue is never too far away.
11. Caring for a Cast Iron Skillet
Caring for a cast iron skillet is pretty much second nature for a Mississippian. From a young age, you know rule #1: NEVER get it wet.
12. The Most Delicious Meal of the Day
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Apparently, Mississippians took that to mean it should be the most delicious. Between the buttermilk biscuits and gravy to the creamy grits, there’s nothing like an authentic Mississippi breakfast.