What Food Represents YOUR State? [Humor]

Just saw this on Serious Eats and had to share. [Click on the map to enlarge]

California is grapes, while New York and Illionois are pizza. Texas is steak, while Florida gets oranges. What’s with the green Jell-O, Utah?

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  • Sweetwater Tom

    Interesting. I don’t agree, but it is interesting. I am not sure what “represents” means in this case. Having spent some years in Minnesota, I would have picked lefsa or leutefisk as the representative food. Minnesota may be famous for fried food on a stick, but that is only at the State Fair. (I prefer grilled pork chops on a stick, myself.)

    I am now a North Carolina resident, and sweet potatoes came to my mind first. We grow the most and we eat a lot of ‘em. North Carolina is also famous for a vinegar-based BBQ sauce more than a dry rub, I think.

    As I said, it is an interesting list. Thanks for sharing.

  • Bill M


    Lefsa or leutefisk? Why not walleye?

  • http://foodtrainers.blogspot.com Lauren Slayton

    No wonder, nary a vegetable in the whole darn country.

  • Carly

    I’ve lived in Arkansas all my life and I’ve never even heard of “Jelly Pie”. Not even at the State Fair! I think the more appropriate food would be Soy Beans. They grow a lot here! Rice too.

  • Corey

    @Lauren Slayton
    I don’t suppose you saw the corn, potatoes, chile peppers…
    Not to mention the fruit on there as well, oranges, peaches, pineapples, grapes, tomatoes…

  • Jill

    And Washington, DC, doesn’t even get a food…

  • candice

    I think Tennessee should have something fried as their food, instead of tomatoes. All I know is, after spending a week there I longed for my California Salads and vegetables. Seems like all they had that was close to healthy was iceburg lettuce salads!


  • http://www.foodieformerlyfat.com Foodie, Formerly Fat

    Oh good gracious, NJ is the hot dog?! Really? How about Jersey tomatoes or corn? Our local farmers here in NJ produce fantastic produce all summer long. But a hot dog?

  • Madison

    Washington DC isn’t a state. Don’t over glorify yourself and stop calling it Washington. The State of Washington is the state.

    As for the green jello of Utah… as someone that lives a few hours away from Utah, it makes sense to me. Mormons loooooove their jell-o. But the question is: Is it a salad or a dessert?

    Argument for the ages.

  • Broc

    @Foodie, Formerly Fat

    Tomatoes would be appropriate (best in the country, jersey tomatoes), then again the ITALIAN SUB that is pictured I think is a pretty spot-on “representative”.

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  • Dreaming Robot

    As a Utahn, I am afraid I can confirm the green jello thing. I’ve been here all my life, and have seen all shapes of jello molds filled with all kinds of horrific stuff mixed into the jello – raisins, grated carrots and marshmellows seems to be the favorite combination for some reason. I cannot eat jello, green or otherwise thanks to growing up here. Grosses me out.

    And yes, we supposedly eat more green jello here in Utah than anywhere else. I don’t get it, but maybe I missed that lecture in church because I’m not Mormon… I don’t know. At least it’s not funeral potatoes up there. That’s a whole other issue.

  • http://www.motherfitness.com Kellie

    That’s fun to share! Arizona is fry bread and I don’t even know what that is. Perhaps tortillas?

  • http://www.livingitupcornfree.com kc

    You live in Arizona and don’t recognize fry bread? You do realize there is a large Native American population in Arizona, don’t you? Well, fry bread is their homemade bread of choice. I guess that’s probably the reason you don’t recognize it….it hasn’t been “fortified” or “enriched” and it isn’t made with partially hydrogenated soybean oil and mass produced yet.

  • Gina

    I love it! But shouldn’t Alaska be Dungeness Crab instead of King?? It certainly is the most delicious. Or at least Salmon? I’m from Washington State and while apples are predictable, I think soft wheat is a bigger export… but I could be wrong. Having lived in DC for a few years, I agree that The District needs it’s own representation here (and in Congress!). Perhaps just “Ethiopian Food” or “Ben’s Chili Bowl” would work? :)

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