The Gullah/Geechee people speak a creole language similar to the Sierra Leone Krio of their origin. They use African names, tell African folktales and make African-style handicrafts. They introduced us to many new foods and new ways of preparing them. Some of the foods brought from Africa were peanuts, okra, rice, yams, peas, hot peppers, sesame seeds, sorghum, and watermelon. The southern way of frying foods came from the Gullah. photo: Charleston SC Gullah street vendor, about 1900.