Ah, California! How do you come up with a list of "typical" foods from a place that can grow just about anything? With all it's micro-climates and mild weather, California is truly a foodie heaven. Take a look!
Given the huge range of fruits, vegetables, seafood, and other edibles that this region can support, we've tried to include those ingredients that most typify the regional cooking. Next week we'll take a closer look at the many food movements that grew from California's kitchens and the dishes they've given us!
Figs, especially Black Mission Figs
Stone Fruit - plums, cherries, apricots, peaches
Greens and Vegetables:
Squash - especially Asian varieties
Peppers - hot and sweet varieties
Mesclun Greens - arugula, lettuce, microgreens, lamb's quarters, etc.
Seafood and Meat:
Nuts - especially almonds, cashews, and pistachios
What other ingredients and flavors do you associate with California cuisine?
Related: Sense of Place: The Food and Ingredients of Florida
(Images: Kathryn Hill and Emily Ho for the Kitchn)