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January 11, 2006

When you think of New Hampshire, what fruit springs to mind?


Somehow, despite being a state for two hundred plus years, New Hampshire has never managed to designate a state fruit. They had time to name a state freshwater game fish (the brook trout) and a separate state saltwater game fish (striped bass), and both a state rock (granite, I'd assume) and a state mineral (beryl), but apparently the fruit issue just never came up.

New Hampshire doesn't immediately scream fruit to me, but I'd have said blueberries, since they were first domesticated there. But apparently fourth graders there are pushing for the pumpkin.

Apparently Maine has already taken the blueberry, and Vermont had the apple, so they had to get a little creative. It wouldn't be the first state to feature a vegetable as a state fruit, as Arkansas already has the "South Arkansas Vine Ripe Pink Tomato" (so it only becomes the state fruit as it ripens?). (And please, no lectures on 'the pumpkin really is a fruit, you know'...I've taken more than enough plant anatomy. We're talking the conventional definition, not the botanical one). There are so many fruits out there, I think they really should confine themselves to actual fruit. Even if they wanted to go with the blueberry or apple, neither of it's neighbors has a monopoly on their respective fruit...Maine has the "wild blueberry", but New Jersey has the highbush blueberry. And while Vermont shares the apple with four other states, perhaps New Hampshire could name a specific cultivar like Rhode Island ('Rhode Island Greening') or West Virginia ('Golden Delicious').

In what I think is probably the stupidest of all the state fruit designation, North Carolina has the Scuppernong (muscadine) grape as the state fruit, but blueberry as the official blue berry, and the strawberry as the official red berry. I'm not sure why they stopped there and didn't name the rest of the colors...

Does your state have a state fruit? Maybe you can find a fourth grade class to find one for you...

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At 1/17/2006 11:27:00 AM, Anonymous Matthew said...

Well, I was about to say "pumpkin is a fruit," but you pre-emopted me!

At 1/17/2006 03:29:00 PM, Blogger Evil Fruit Lord said...

See, all you smart-ass botanists are the reason I have to say things like that.

I know it's an arbitrary distinction, but us fruit people like to look down our noses at the vegetable people, so I have to pretend it matters.

(Although now that it work mainly with strawberries grown in annual plasticulture, the difference between fruit and veggies is pretty thin.)

At 1/29/2006 07:38:00 AM, Anonymous Histrionic said...

Not being a smart-ass botanist, I can only shake my head that New York has a state muffin and a state fossil.

Although I'm particularly okay with the state gem, since it's my birthstone. And it was also the name of a Garamond clone that I got in a set of fonts back in high school or college.

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