Here’s a curiosity: Having lived in The South all my life, grits was a staple, as was “regular” corn.
However, only a few times in my life have I ever been at a meal where whole [sup]1[/sup]hominy was served. So, I wonder, is hominy eaten (commonly) in other parts of the country. I eat out a lot, and I have never been to a restaurant that served it. Grits, however, is readily available, and many restaurants have their own specialties in the way that they create various [sup]2[/sup] grits concoctions.
So, if you are a long-time Southerner, did you ever get hominy often? I see it in the supermarkets, so someone must buy it. If you’re not a Southerner, have you ever heard of it or eaten it?
[sup]1[/sup] Non-southerners sometimes refer to grits (short for “hominy grits”) as “hominy.” When I say “hominy,” I mean whole hominy–corn kernels with just the hull and germ removed. “Grits” is cracked-up hominy.
[sup]2[/sup]BTW, if anyone is interested, the annual St George Grits Festival will be held in April in the lovely burg of St George, SC, just off I-95 some miles south of the I-26 interchange.)