Your Fourth of July Barbecue Is An American Thing To Do
Just like the Memorial Day & Labor Day holidays, the 4th of July celebration includes food, drink and the realization of how fortunate we are as a nation.
Surveys say that more than 81 million Americans have taken part in a barbecue during the previous year. I’ll bet a large number of these took place on the Fourth.
Although we do not have a fixed menu for the celebration of the Fourth, you can almost count on traditional favorites such as hamburgers and hot dogs, chicken, ribs, garden salads, potato salad, chips and watermelon. Following is a summary of where these foods come from:
- There’s a 1-in-6 chance the beef on your backyard grill came from Texas. The Lone Star State is the leader in the production of cattle and calves.
- The chicken on your barbecue grill probably came from one of the top broiler-producing states: Georgia, Arkansas, Alabama, North Carolina and Mississippi.
- The lettuce in your salad or on your hamburger probably was grown in California, which accounts for nearly three-quarters of USA lettuce production.
- Fresh tomatoes in your salad most likely came from Florida or California, which, combined, produced more than two-thirds of U.S. tomatoes. The ketchup on your hamburger or hot dog probably came from California, which accounts for 95 percent of processed tomato production.
- As to potato salad or potato chips or fries, Idaho and Washington produces about one-half of the nation’s spuds.
For dessert, six states — California, Florida, Texas, Georgia, Arizona and Indiana — combined to produce about 80 percent of watermelons last year.
Much thanks to McVay Media for assistance the details.