Important Food Rules To Know For Every State In The US
Every state in the US has its own culinary tradition, and with those traditions, of course, come a set of rules. How strict the rules are depends on the state and the level of fanaticism of the foodies who call that state home. Some places may give a knowing glance and a smile while explaining the traditional way things are done, while some food faux pas will get you run right out of town.
Not knowing what hot dog sauce is while visiting Virginia will likely get you a chorus of "Bless your heart," while daring to sully a pot of chili with beans in Texas will have folks no longer calling you pardner. But of course the rules vary across states, and we could only ask so many people. We scoured the internet, asked Reddit, and even quizzed Ranker staff in search of food rules for every state. Let us know if we got them right.
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Some of the best maple syrup in the world comes from Vermont, so residents do not care for those big-brand, corn syrup varieties. Maple syrup means maple trees in Vermont.
The clam chowder lines are drawn in New England, and according to u/rageear, Massachusetts eats white chowder.
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Iowa knows corn - specifically sweet corn. If you want the best, head to a stand where local farmers are selling their wares, and avoid the grocery store.
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Georgia knows peaches. So listen to Georgians when they tell you that peaches are best in the summer time - July 4th until Labor Day.
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Never give someone from Jersey a snow cone if they order an Italian ice. And don't get us started on the Taylor Ham versus pork roll debate.
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Florida is home to the Cuban sandwich, and as such people feel like they can experiment. But as Redditor u/monkeysareeverywhere points out, a true Cuban does not have lettuce or tomato.