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Believe it or not, many states have at least one official food, and some are more delicious than others. New York state, for example, has an official state fruit (apple), an official state muffin (apple muffin), and an official state snack (yogurt). The following ranking is scientifically backed, completely unbiased, and will henceforth be considered law.
37. New York
State Fruit: AppleState Muffin: Apple MuffinState Snack: Yogurt
I’m really disappointed in you, New York. What about pizza? What about bagels? I see what you did there with the apple thing, but who are you fooling with yogurt? Just for that, you lose. (But I still love you forever)
36. North Dakota
State Fruit: Chokecherry
This sounds like a trap.
State Fruit: TomatoState Commercial Fish: Catfish
WHAT ABOUT HOT CHICKEN, TENNESSEE?! (For those who haven’t had hot chicken, it will rule your world, and then you’ll regret everything a few hours later. Bonus points if you’re in a house with one bathroom and 10 people who just ate it.)
State Fruit: TomatoState Native Fruit: PawPaw
If you have no idea what a PawPaw fruit looks like, here you go.
State Fruit: Blackberry
Maybe if they’re soaked in bourbon. Then that would be a very Kentucky blackberry.
State Food: PotatoesState Fruit: Huckleberry
I confess that I may not have been aware that a huckleberry was actually a real thing and I really want to eat some now.
31. New Jersey
State Fruit: Northern Highbush Blueberry
Specific blueberry is specific.
30. West Virginia
State Food: Pepperoni RollState Fruit: Golden Delicious apple
Is a pepperoni roll more like a pizza roll or a hot pocket?
29. New Hampshire
State Fruit: PumpkinState Veggie: White Potato
Had no idea pumpkins were fruits until this point in time.
State Fruit: CherryState Historic Veggie: Sugar BeetState Snack: Jell-OState Veggie: Spanish Sweet Onion
But what is a historic vegetable, tho?
State Fruit: AppleState Veggie: Walla Walla sweet onion
Ooo eee ooo ah ah ting tang walla walla bing bang.
State Pie: Sugar Cream
Also known as a Hoosier pie. Might cause diabetes. Don’t care.
State Fruit/Veggie: South Arkansas Vine Ripe Pink TomatoState Grain: RiceState Grape: Cynthiana State Nut: Pecan
Worth noting that Arkansas also has a state cooking vessel, the dutch oven.
State Dessert: Ice Cream ConeState Tree Nut: Eastern Black WalnutState Grape: Norton/Cynthiana Grape
These grapes look like velvet. I want to touch them.
State Dessert: Peach Pie
Shut up, take my money, and get me a slice, please.
22. New Mexico
State Cookie: BizcochitoState Veggies: Chile and Frijoles
Bizcochitos sound like fancier, better snickerdoodles and I’m wondering where they’ve been all my life.
State Dessert: Blueberry Pie Made With Wild Maine BlueberriesState Fruit: Wild BlueberryState Treat: Whoopie PieState Herb: Wintergreen
Maine has a thing for blueberries, but only if they’re wild. Also, they have a festival completely dedicated to whoopie pies. Field trip, anyone?
State Fruit: StrawberryState Jellies: Mayhaw Jelly and Louisiana Sugar Cane JellyState Meat Pie: Natchitoches Meat PieState Veggie: Sweet Potato Crustacean: CrawfishState Doughnut: Beignet
Let’s talk about how Louisiana has an official meat pie, and it has a festival.
State Shellfish: Eastern Oyster
I’ve never been able to get on the oyster bandwagon. It looks like a loogie. But, I can respect ‘em. (Especially if they’re fried)
State Fruit: CranberryState Grain: CornState Pastry: Kringle
I was confusing kringles with king cakes, but this looks much better because it doesn’t have to have raisins!
17. South Dakota
State Dessert: KuchenState Bread: Frybread
It seems like kuchen is a sort of cake/pie hybrid aka heaven. But the real gift here is frybread. It’s exactly what it sounds like.
State Fruit: PearState Mushroom: Pacific Golden ChanterelleState Nut: HazelnutState Crustacean: Dungeness Crab
I need to start eating hazlenuts without the chocolate.
State Prepared Food: GritsState Fruit: PeachState Veggie: Sweet Vidalia OnionState Crop: Peanut
Just make sure there’s cheese in them grits.
State Nut: PecanState Fruit: BlackberryState Tree Fruit: PeachState Crustacean: Brown Shrimp
The fruits and the nut all make for delicious pies, but word is the “lane cake” might soon become the official state dessert.
State Snack Food: PopcornState fruit: Goldrush Apple
Hard to top some good popcorn or a crisp apple.
12. North Carolina
State Blue Berry: BlueberryState Red Berry: StrawberryState Fruit: Scuppernong GrapeState Veggie: Sweet Potato
North Carolina really, really likes berries and aren’t the most creative at category names.
State Muffin: Blueberry MuffinState Dessert: Ice Cream
Boring and cliché, but tasty.
10. Rhode Island
State Drink: Coffee MilkState Fruit: Rhode Island Greening AppleState Appetizer: Calamari
Coffee milk sounds like the adult version of chocolate milk and I want it. Just not with my calamari.
State Bean: Boston Baked Navy BeanState Dessert: Boston Cream PieState Cookie: Chocolate Chip State Doughnut: Boston Cream Doughnut
All hail Boston Cream.
State Fruit: AppleState Pie: Apple Pie
Maybe some variety but who can get mad at apple pie? Especially when legislature states that you should serve it with at least a glass of cold milk, a slice of cheddar cheese weighing a minimum of 1/2 an ounce, or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Or maybe all of the above.
State Fruit: Honeycrisp AppleState Grain: Wild RiceState Muffin: Blueberry MuffinState Mushroom: Morel
You know, I could go for some mushroom risotto right now, Minnesota.
State Pie: Key Lime PieState Fruit: Orange
Key lime pie is probably one of my favorite things that I always forget about. It’s worth noting though that key lime pie gelato is probably one of my least favorite things that I wish I could forget about.
State Crustacean: Blue CrabsState Dessert: Smith Island Cake
Get in my belly.
4. South Carolina
State Snack Food: Boiled PeanutsState Fruit: PeachState Veggie: Collard Greens
I almost made South Carolina win for Boiled Peanuts alone because they have my heart (they’ve gotta be new crop, though). Also, fun fact: South Carolina produces more peaches than Georgia!
State Fruit: AvocadoState Grain: RiceState Nut: AlmondState Veggie: Artichoke
I feel like all of these things together would make something super nutritious and delicious.
State Meal: BBQ Pulled PorkState Meal: Sausages and GravyState Meal: Fried OkraState Meal: GritsState Meal: Chicken Fried SteakState Meal: SquashState Bean: Black Eyed PeasState Treat: CornbreadState Dessert: Pecan PieState Fruit: StrawberriesState Veggie: Watermelon
If watermelon is a vegetable, my life is a lie. Also, SIX OFFICIAL STATE MEALS?! Also, someone please get me some pecan pie, stat. And cornbread.
State Dish: Chili State Fruit: Texas Red GrapefruitState Health Nut: Native PecanState Pastries: Sopaipilla and StrudelState Pepper: JalapeñoState Native Pepper: ChiltepinState Snack: Tortilla Chips and SalsaState Veggie: Sweet onionState Pie: Pecan PieState Squash: PumpkinState Bread: Pan de CampoState Cobbler: Peach Cobler
Holy moly, Texas. You know how to make a girl salivate. But…what is a health nut, tho? I don’t care. YOU WIN, TEXAS. YOU. WIN.
DISQUALIFIED: Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wyoming
None of these states have any ~official~ foods, so they are all disqualified BYE.
Honorable Mention: Colorado
Colorado Cinnamon Roll Day
An elementary school student made an effort to make it the official pastry of Colorado, and while the governor didn’t oblige, he did make January 8th Colorado Cinnamon Roll Day.
This post has been updated to include pepperoni rolls as the state food of West Viriginia.