New York State Flag and Seal
The State Flag depicts the Great Seal of the State of New York (pictured right) on a blue background. In the centre of the Great Seal is a shield, which shows two ships on a river; in the background are three mountains and centred above is a golden sun in a blue sky. Above the shield is an American eagle, wings spread, atop a globe. The figures on either side of the shield represent Liberty and Justice. On a banner below is the State motto, Excelsior, which means “Ever Upward.”
Source: New York State Library
State drink is Milk
A popular choice in the USA
Apples! the State fruit
Apples are such a popular fruit, and so great to cook with, very versatile and lots of varieties available. Everyone’s taste buds can be catered for from sweet to sour.
State Flower is Roses
You might wonder why on a food blog I mention roses, but they are a wonderful way to infuse a gentle scent into food or to add a touch of colour. You can add rose petals to ice cubes, or make an ice rose bowl, infuse the petals in water- that you can use in a simple syrup for candies, or as plain water in the iron for fragranced clothes. Place them in sponge cakes (white cake) they add a beautiful fragrance.
State snack is Yoghurt
The milk production in NY is a huge industry, so the reason they chose yoghurt is not a mystery really. Some of the biggest yoghurt producers are bases there- Chobani, Fage, Dannon to name a few. It is shipped worldwide and NY is very proud of its dairy heritage.
State Muffin is an Apple One
Apple muffins are a delight to make, and I think herald the arrival of fall, the gorgeous smell of apples cooking in the oven is a smell I associate with the autumnal months and that Christmas is coming. I enjoy the spices that also go so well with apple- like nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice and cloves. here is a recipe, not my own, which I can see I need to add to my site!
State tree is the Maple
The Maple tree is a hardwood that is great but better known for the sap that is taken from the trunk – maple syrup. I definitely associate maple syrup with Canada, so will need to go and try the NY style and see what the difference is. Here is a link to the Maple Syrup industry of NY. They are proud and loud! so do go and try some.
Some fun local NY State dishes
Buffalo wings are famous the world over now, I think places like TGI Fridays and Hard Rock Café that made them worldwide – but when in NY you learn that Buffalo wings originated in Buffalo, NY. Who knew there was a place called Buffalo. I am lucky enough to have now been there many times and have tried the wings from there. I must confess to not being a fan of eating when I get messy, so I do not eat them often at all- but a pride and joy of NY State for sure.
Many places make good wings, but if you want authentic Buffalo wings, go to the place believed to have invented them in 1964, Anchor Bar.
Behold, all you carb and protein lovers, this is the dish for you. Marinated, zippy meat stuck on a skewer and grilled (or pan-fried), then laid inside a bready roll to be consumed at every Upstate festival, fair and backyard cookout of your choosing. If one were to present a quintessential taste of Upstate New York, it would be this, the spiedie (on a paper plate with a side of butter-slathered salt potatoes and a ear of sweet corn).
source: This website.
Classic dishes from New York State
NY, NY is famous for such a variety of cuisine, the immigrant population that arrived has made NY, NY a place you would find amazing food from many cultures. When I was researching the foods/dishes/cuisines I was blown away at the variety, and I have been to New York many times, which is how I know the variety mind-boggling. Just checking out Wikipedia you will get a great overview. Pizza, bagels, pretzels..the list is long. Each county in NY seems to have a speciality that it is proud of, so as you travel around the State, find the local speciality.