Most Bizarre State Foods

When it comes to symbolic foods, these states have some wacky ones


When thinking about what makes America unique, it's fun to take a moment and consider the foods that have come to define this glorious nation. And while we pledge allegiance to the flag, one nation indivisible — it seems that many states have taken the act of designating their official foods very seriously. Just recently the State Senate declared corn the official vegetable of New York (even though corn is actually a grain).

Some states are represented by foods that seem questionable at best, such as Nebraska adopting Kool-Aid as their state soft drink. Others seem to have deeper historical roots, such as Hoosier pie (also known as sweet cream pie), which is the official pie of Indiana. Regardless of their origins, when it comes to declaring their heraldic state foods, some legislators have made truly curious choices.

Although many of these foods seem perfectly normal in and of themselves, such as morel mushrooms and Jell-O, they stand out quite bizarrely among the landscape of American state foods.

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What about New Jersey's Pork Roll? That is such a state institution.

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What's the matter with Kool-Aid? Jeesh.

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I've lived in Ohio all my life and I've never heard of the pawpaw or seen it sold in a grocery store. Maybe it's just not a Columbus thing?

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That's not a picture of a North American Paw paw, but a papaya, sometimes called a pawpaw. Check out this link:

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That is not a pawpaw in the picture, it is a regular old papaya. Even a 10 second Wikipedia search would have told you that.

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Actually, it makes sense that Kool-aid would be Nebraska's state beverage, given that it was invented there in the city of Hastings.

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Kool-aid (or the earliest version of it) was actually invented by a pharmacist in a small Iowa town. He never tried to sell it large scale or patent it, so the employee that ran off to Nebraska and "invented" Kool-aid made the money and fame. But the recipe and idea was actually stolen.

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and provides nothing else to the nation

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