Ohio’s Official and Unofficial State Foods

State fruit - Tomato 

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Every state is famous for certain foods and beverages, just like they have state animals, state flowers and state birds. It isn’t commonly thought of, so finding the information was time consuming, but the foods Ohio is famous for may surprise people. 


In Reynoldsburg, Ohio Paragon tomatoes were ultimately developed (invented) by A. W. Livingston and used by the local populations in colonial Ohio. 


Since tomatoes were so common and grew so well in Ohio’s climate and landscapes it made sense that their state drink would be tomato juice. Tomato juice is delicious, especially when mixed with the juices of other fruits or vegetables, like apple or carrot juices. 


Ohio is the Place for Corn and Soy Beans, but not Officially 

The top producing crops in Ohio are corn and soy beans, although Ohio is the number two egg producer and number one Swiss Cheese producer in the US. Tomatoes are actually the number three product of Ohio. Averaging 186 acres per farm, the state has over 80,000 farms to produce food. 


Cincinnati has long been known as “Porkopolis” because of its high number of pig farms and pork packing plants, but it wasn‘t really officially named by law for the food, like tomato juice. Another food that’s associated with Ohio is the Shaker Lemon Pie. The Shakers and the Amish settled many parts around Canton, Ohio. 


Ohio’s official state tree (written into law) is the Buckeye, although there is no official food product made from Buckeyes. There is a Buckeye candy, but it has no relation to the tree except for appearance of the Buckeye.



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