The people of the United States of America are known to be foodies, they like to eat, and they like to eat well. The culinary culture of the United States is very rich, and it has been influenced by many factors. It has been influenced by the colonial period, by international factors, by the territorial factor, and by some foods that are specific for each state. And each of the 50 states in the U.S. is known for some special dish, or two. Every state is also known for some special foods that are known in that specific region.
In many states, the representative foods have been made the official state foods. Those foods are the state’s symbols and they have official state titles. And how food is made a state symbol?
When it comes to this, it’s not all fun and games. For some food to become a state symbol, it first needs to go through some rigorous lawmaking processes. In most of the situations, the people of a specific state were the ones that wanted some food to became an official state food. Many citizens, individuals, and organizations gather and they do thorough research and when they finish the research and find out which food is the best candidate to become the official state food, they request an official bill. Once that is done, the bill goes through the regular legislative process. And after that serious legislative process, if the bill gets passed, that food becomes an official state food.
You maybe thought that this is easy and not that serious, but it is. Everything is taken very seriously, even food. You must know that not all of the 50 states have their official foods, but one of the states that have is California. And now we are going to share with you what is the state food of California, and what is considered as s symbol of California.
When it comes to California there have been some changed regarding the state food, and there was not just one state food, there were few. What comes to your mind when you think about California and food? Maybe avocados? If you first think of avocados you are right, the avocado was declared as the state fruit. But there is more, artichokes were California’s state vegetable, rice was the state grain, and almonds were considered the state nut. But all of that was changed, and now almond, walnut, pistachio, and pecan are considered to be state nuts. And when it comes to fish, the official state fish of California is the golden trout.
Besides the official state foods, there are some dishes that are super famous in California, and some of them even originated in this state. We are going to share that food with you.
You sure didn’t know that sourdough bread became famous in California. The bread was present for centuries, but it became important for the people of San Francisco in the time of California Gold Rush. And why did it all happened in San Francisco? Because the microorganisms that are found in the starter best thrive in the city’s bay area climate, and this unique starter was cultivated in this city.
Ranch dressing is the most popular salad dressing in the U.S. and also in the world, and it was invented in Santa Barbara in 1950s.
The famous and classic Cobb Salad was invented in Hollywood in the 1930s at the Brown Derby restaurant, and it was named after the owner of that restaurant.
Cioppino is another dish that was created in San Francisco, and it’s basically a seafood stew. It was made by Italian immigrants that were fishermen, and they would make the stew from the leftovers of everything that they’ve caught that day at the sea.
The California sushi rolls are now famous all around the world, but they were created of course in California, in Los Angeles in the 1960s. And they were made so that the people that didn’t like sushi could eat it.
We believe that now after this article you feel very hungry, and we hope that you’ll choose something that we mentioned here for your next meal. And now you can eat and know from where your favorite foods have come from.