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The Most Iconic Foods Every State Has Given the Rest of the US

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Virginia
> Iconic food: Virginia ham

Known as Virginia ham, Smithfield ham, or country ham, this Virginia delicacy is salt-cured and aged for months, rather than wet-cured and smoked like common hams.

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Washington
> Iconic food: Rainier cherries

This beautiful hybrid cherry named after the tallest mountain in Washington was developed at Washington State University. Although Rainier cherries are yellow with a pink blush, they were created by crossing two red cherry varieties: bing and van.

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West Virginia
> Iconic food: Pepperoni roll

Originally a lunch item for immigrant coal miners, this country store and gas station delight is a bread roll with pepperoni and sometimes cheese baked inside.

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Wisconsin
> Iconic food: Fried cheese curds

It’s no surprise that Wisconsin is home to the fried cheese curd, a restaurant appetizer and country-fair favorite that rivals french fries as a side-order.

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Wyoming
> Iconic food: Bison jerky

Bison is the state mammal of Wyoming, and bison ranches dot the state. This lean jerky can be found in gas stations and grocery stores statewide and is also nationally available.

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