The U.S. is one of the world's largest producers of food, with major livestock and crops that include corn, soybeans, wheat, rice, beef, dairy, chicken, pork, and seafood.
Like everyone, Americans love to eat. Thanksgiving is a day of gratitude, celebrating harvest and bounty, when families gather and enjoy a big meal with a variety of foods.
Most of the 50 states have their favorite or iconic foods, and many have some sort of designated "official" food in one form or another. Some states have officially declared state vegetables, state fruits, state nuts, state beverages, and state snacks; Oklahoma even has a state meal.
Someone has to keep track of all those state symbols, and thankfully, State Symbols USA does just that. They are a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting appreciation and conservation of the country's natural, historic, and cultural treasures (not just food.) Their site provides information on all of the state and national symbols.
A few states have no particular official food or crop. They are: Pennsylvania, Michigan, Indiana, Iowa, Mississippi, Kansas, Nevada, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Arizona, Montana and Wyoming.
Hungry? Here are the U.S. states and some of their official, and unofficial, foods.
This article was written by a staff member of TheStreet.