What is gumbo?

Gumbo is a thick stew from southern Louisiana. It is melting pot of several different culinary influences, including Native American, West African, and French. The two popular styles of gumbo are creole and cajun. There are several different versions of gumbofrom sausage to seafood gumbo, but okra is a prime ingredient in almost every one of them. It is believed that the word 'gumbo' comes from the Bantu word for okraki ngombo, or gombo.