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Artie Beaty

North Carolina's Own: Livermush

By February 25, 2013

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I was discussing regional foods with a friend recently - food that you only find in one specific area of the country. While she mentioned several for her part of the country, I couldn't really come up with one for Charlotte. Sure, we have locally manufactured foods that are favorites, and plenty of "Southern" foods that we love. North Carolina barbecue was mentioned, but that just comes down to a matter of preparation - the food is the same. A truly local dish? I couldn't name one. But when I was doing some research for local festivals, I remembered the "Livermush Expo" in nearby Shelby. That's when the idea hit me: livermush. Just a little research confirmed what I suspected - that you really don't find livermush outside of North Carolina. It reaches into a little of South Carolina and Virginia, but overall, this is one we can call our own.

So if you've ever wondered what exactly livermush is or what's it in (it's generally best not to ponder that, though), how to prepare it, or even a little history, here's everything you wanted to know about livermush.

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