In Florida, New Jobs, Same Old Swamp Cabbage
by David Greene
All Things Considered, February 26, 2009 · In many places around the U.S., people hit by the recession are being forced to make sacrifices. They're concerned about the economy and their jobs, and they're waiting for the day when things will start to look up. Meanwhile, they're making changes and finding ways to hang on to what's normal.
In LaBelle, Fla., what's "normal" is an annual celebration of a local food called "swamp cabbage." Fine restaurants call it "hearts of palm," but in south central Florida, it's been called swamp cabbage at least since the Depression, when the vegetable helped Floridians survive.
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