From Georgia peaches to the New York apple, every state has a famous food, but some are more well-known than others. And thanks to Huffington Post, no matter where you’re at on the U.S. map, there’s a superfood you should be proud of. Check out some of our favorites below!
From every state’s unofficial dessert to the fattiest foods in the U.S., state-by-state food rankings often leave much to be desired among those of us on nutrition-minded end of the eating spectrum. It’s about time we had state foods we could really be proud of.
That’s why we’ve combed through lists of seasonal produce, official state vegetables and official state fruit to find an all-star piece of produce from each state.
Behold, the 50 states of superfoods.
Why we love avocados: It’s easy to overdo it on this creamy fruit, but in moderation, the avocado, grown in California, delivers heart-healthy fats and fiber to help keep you full, as well as vitamins C and K. That fat also gives a boost to nutrients in other fruits and veggies called carotenoids, like lycopene and beta-carotene. Click here to check out some of our yummy avocado dishes!
Why we love rhubarb: Grown throughout Illinois, rhubarb may be most familiar as pie filler, but it provides fiber, vitamins C and K, potassium and calcium, for very few calories. It’s also a good source of the antioxidant catechin, a flavonol also found in green tea, dark chocolate and red wine.
Why we love sweet potatoes: The deep orange of the official state vegetable of Louisiana is a dead giveaway to the presence of vitamin A and beta carotene. Sweet taters can help boost immunity, vision and healthy skin, and they’re also a good source of fiber and potassium.
Why we love pumpkins: The official state fruit — yes, fruit — of New Hampshire isn’t just for decoration. It’s in soups, baked goods, pasta dishes and more, pumpkin can offer benefits to the immune system, skin, eye and heart health and aid weight loss. A cup of cooked pumpkin contains nearly two-and-a-half times your daily recommended amount of vitamin A and more potassium than a banana. So pump up some pumpkin in your routine and try these pumpkin recipes.
Why we love pecans: Technically a fruit, pecans are native to North Carolina, and — in moderation — a good source of protein and manganese. They also hold a particular health perk for men: Pecans are rich in a plant steroid called beta-sitosterol, which may relieve symptoms of an enlarged prostate, Health.com reported.
Why we love squash: Both summer and winter varieties, from zucchini to butternut, grow across Pennsylvania, and are very good sources of fiber, vitamins A and C and manganese. Winter squashes have more vitamin B6, while summer squashes have more potassium and magnesium.
Why we love ginger: A staple of alternative medicine practices, ginger root, which grows in Rhode Island, is thought to have anti-inflammatory properties that can assist with everything from migraines to stomach pain to coughs, according to the National Institutes of Health.
Why we love eggplant: Eggplant is a good source of vitamins B6 and K and a very good source of fiber. It’s also a low-calorie source of over a dozen different types of disease-fighting antioxidants, Shape reported. Like with plums, that purple color is a dead giveaway for big heart and brain benefits.
Why we love boysenberries: A cross between a raspberry and a blueberry, these Tennessee natives, like all berries, are a very good source of fiber. They also pack a solid amount of vitamins C and K, as well as folate and manganese.
Why we love beets: Beets, which grow in Wyoming, are rich in compounds called betalains, which act as anti-inflammatories and antioxidants. They also boast good amounts of fiber, vitamin C and potassium.
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