In this offering, Jimmy Red cornmeal is ground to a versatile, medium texture that lives up to its name of “quicker grits” - ready to be dressed up for any occasion. Totally distinct from the mildly flavored and dehydrated fast-cooking grits that are so commonplace today, these grits deliver a rustic, hearty texture and superbly deep, earthy, nutty aroma that pairs beautifully with full fat butter and flaky salt.
Jimmy Red is an heirloom corn varietal with deep roots in Native American food of the present-day Florida peninsula. In the nineteenth century, it was popular throughout Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas, as its naturally high sugar content attracted enterprising moonshiners as well as cooks seeking the most delicious cornbread and grits. But by the end of the twentieth century, this once ubiquitous corn was nearly extinct. Celebrated chef Sean Brock and a dedicated community of farmers have led the charge to bring back this traditional staple, and Brock's collaboration with Geechie Boy Mill of Edisto Island, South Carolina has now made this heritage varietal available well beyond the low country.