Study Shows Where Your Thanksgiving Dinner Comes From

We’ve entered November and with the holiday season just around the corner, millions of Americans have started planning their Thanksgiving dinners. Traditional foods are a big part of the celebration, and everyone is looking forward to their roast turkey and favorite Thanksgiving sides and dessert.

But where does all this food come from?

  • Minnesota is the leading producer of turkey, followed by Arkansas and North Carolina.
  • Potatoes are primarily grown in Idaho and Washington state, the two states accounting for more than half of the nation’s potato production.
  • Sweet potatoes are primarily grown in the South, with North Carolina topping the list followed by Mississippi and California.
  • Green bean production is dominated by Wisconsin.
  • The cranberry is a native wetland plant that likes cool weather and is primarily grown in Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Oregon, and New Jersey.
  • Illinois is the pumpkin capital of the US, producing more than the next six states combined.
  • Washington state is the center of apple production in the US, while Georgia is the center of pecan production.
  • California is the only state with a sizable harvest of brussels sprouts.
  • Field corn and sweet corn are produced in different parts of the country; Washington tops the sweet corn production table while Iowa leads in field corn.

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