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May 20, 2011 09:02 AM

Official State Foods & Beverages

I thought you might like a look at official state foods and beverages.


Thanks to the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, and author Liz Williams:

Notables: Alabama has whisky -- the only state with the gumption to sanction booze.
Indiana -- clean livin' Indianans recognize...WATER!
Nebraska's official soft drink is Kool-Aid.

On a little tangent, but....I see many states have miilk as their official beverage, but that takes on greater significance as a Pennsylvanian Amish dairy farmer is now being prosecuted by the feds for daring to take fresh, unadulterated, safe and wholesome UNPASTEURIZED milk across the state line into Maryland. This food police statism has gotten so disgusting and pathetic!

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  1. New York's gotta be apple something or apple everything, cheddar and wine. Forget the milk.

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    1. re: bushwickgirl

      While not official, a recent poll showed New Yorkers prefer corn over onions for a state veg.

      1. re: al b. darned

        Yes, corn, I saw that recently, and apples, which are a fruit. So we have a fruit and a veg. I have no idea why onions would even be considered.

    2. New Hampshire had no official state fruit until 5-6 years ago. A group of 4th graders proposed the pumpkin as part of a civics lesson on how the government passed bills. When other groups heard of this, especially apple growers, lobby became fierce but the pumpkin won out.

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      1. re: calliope_nh

        i love it -- the grassroots pumpkin campaign!

      2. I'm pretty sure Ohio's state beverage is tomato juice, but don't quote me. ; )

        1. Texas doesn't have the guts to make it a state drink, but Lone Star Beer (but only in long neck bottles) gets my vote! My other choice is Sweet Iced Tea known around these parts as "Sweet Tea" everyone already understands the "iced" par.t

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