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Loose kernels of sweet corn
A succotash prepared with kidney beans.

Succotash (from Narragansett sohquttahhash, "broken corn kernels"[1]) is a food dish consisting primarily of sweet corn with lima beans or other shell beans. Other ingredients may be added including tomatoes, green or sweet red peppers,[2] and okra. Combining a grain with a legume provides a dish that is high in all essential amino acids.[3][4] Because of the relatively inexpensive and more readily available ingredients, the dish was popular during the Great Depression in the United States. It was sometimes cooked in a casserole form, often with a light pie crust on top as in a traditional pot pie. Succotash is a traditional dish of many Thanksgiving celebrations in New England[5] as well as in Pennsylvania and other states. In some parts of the American South, any mixture of vegetables prepared with lima beans and topped with lard or butter is called succotash. Corn (maize), American beans, tomatoes, and peppers are New World foods.

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  1. Trumbull, James Hammond (1903). Natick Dictionary. US Gov Printing Office. Entry for sohquttahham.
  2. "succotash". The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (4 ed.). Houghton Mifflin Company. 2004. Retrieved 2009-02-21.
  5. Morgan, Diane and John Rizzo. The Thanksgiving Table: Recipes and Ideas to Create Your Own Holiday Tradition. Pg. 122.
  6. Sylvester the Cat - A Favorite Cartoon Cat

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