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Specialties for each region of the U.S. – West

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The last place to introduce is the western coastal area.

Represented by California and Washington, it is a blessed land that not only Americans but also anyone in the world would like to live in today. The sunny and warm climate and wonderful beaches attract countless tourists every year.

Likewise, since it was a Spanish colony in the past, onions, garlic, and carrots are cultivated a lot, and tropical fruits such as mangoes, papaya, and oranges are also indispensable local specialties.

It is the place where Asians, including China, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia, immigrated the most, so you can enjoy a variety of oriental dishes.

One interesting information is that Wok, a large and heavy frying pan that cannot be left out of Chinese cuisine, was developed to simply cook on high heat in a short time because China still lacks fuel for cooking (today, a fuel-poor country). Lettuce, broccoli, pepper, garlic, and oregano are also widely cultivated in the western United States.

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Specialties for each region of the U.S. – Southwest

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The southwestern United States, represented by Texas and Arizona, is famous for its hot and dry desert climate. Since these areas are suitable for raising cows and sheep, the livestock industry has developed since ancient times, and of course, meat dishes have inevitably developed.

Orange, lime, onion, eggplant, and lentil beans brought by Spanish conquerors were cultivated, and Totia dishes brought from Mexico are especially famous to this day. I also brought peppers from Mexico.

But most of all, “Cow” comes to mind when you think of Southwest. As cowboys were active, the livestock industry was enormous, and it was cowboys who were in charge of moving to the north or east with cows raised here.

Cowboys’ beef fahita’ and smoked dried jerky’s beef jerky’ are also indispensable foods. Of course, a wide variety of barbecue sauces have been developed because they also eat a lot of barbecue.

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Specialties for each region of the U.S. – Midwest

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In the 1800s, American pioneers began to move to the Midwest of the United States, and large-scale dairy farming developed as the Swiss settled in the current Wisconsin region. It is an area where milk, cheese, eggs, bacon, and onions are produced a lot.

In particular, as the largest granary in the U.S., grain production such as corn, rye, and wheat is enormous. A few farms run rice fields the size of South Korea, and it takes hours to travel even by plane. Like a granary, the bakery industry has developed.

In the 1880s, when German immigrants settled in this area, they were greatly influenced by German cooking culture, and the representative ones would be “hamburgers” and “hot dogs.” In addition, jelly, donuts, and cookies have developed from the Germans.

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Specialties for each region of the U.S. – Southeast

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The southeastern United States was a large-scale agricultural area represented by Georgia and South Carolina, and landowners who owned a vast farm the size of a country called plantation were also the main forces of the South during the Civil War. This is where the 17th century British colonialists first built in the Americas.

 

On the large farm, black slaves were overworked making their owners’ food all day long and developed unique dishes such as Hopin-Jack. Not only are various crops such as peaches, nuts, rice, and lemons grown on a large scale, but seafood dishes such as shrimp and fish are also developed because they are along the beach.

The Florida area is particularly famous for oranges brought by Spanish conquerors, and Cajun food and fried chicken from New Orleans were also made here. Barbecue is also a unique cooking culture here, so many foods that come to mind when we think of American cuisine come from the southeast. One peculiar thing is that Henry Ford was the founder of the famous Ford Motor Company who developed the world’s first barbecue grill.

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Specialties for each region of the U.S. – Northeast

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As you know, there are many areas in the northeastern United States, represented by New York and Pennsylvania, where Pilgrims immigrated to the United States in the early 17th century to escape persecution. Although it has been glorified a lot now, the Pilgrims at the time were truly commercial beggars among the beggars just before starvation. How scared and hungry they were, the natives who couldn’t see them taught them how to grow various foods and crops. It was the first Thanksgiving in 1621 that Pilgrims held the festival together by distributing the harvested food to the natives out of gratitude. But after a while, the situation reversed and the indigenous Indians were brutally slaughtered, which is a bitter irony of history. This is a glimpse of the cruelty of white migrants.

Anyway, the representative ingredients introduced at this time were nuts and syrup types, and Boston Baked Beans, which is still famous, is one of the representative dishes in the region. Not only that, but of course, seafood dishes have been developed because it is a seaside area along the Atlantic Ocean. The southern and inland regions of the United States, which will be introduced in a little while, can be seen as a place where not only political culture but also food culture stand at a counterpoint. Potato dishes were developed as a large number of Irish people migrated to the Boston area at the age of 19, and this led to the development of unique soup dishes such as New England chowder. And in the late 19th century, another large number of Italians immigrated to Boston. As a result, pizza and pasta, one of the world’s most popular dishes, have been improved to the American style and are loved.