In researching the history of freedmen’s towns this morning, we came across a rather irresistible bit of trivia: the fact that Oklahomans have an official state meal. And what a doozy of a repast it is (PDF):
This gluttonous revelation made us curious as to whether there’s any correlation between the nature of a state’s official foods and its ranking in the national obesity table. Could Mississippi make its citizens healthier by adopting water with a lemon slice as its official state drink?
Also, in case you’re curious as to why New Mexico has a state cookie, the scoop is here.