On KGO radio April 10, Newsom also declared almonds the state nut and rice the state grain. Newsom is acting governor while Jerry Brown is in China on a trade tour.
The radio station had an online contest to determine a state food. The finalists competing for votes: artichokes, avocados, almonds, crab, sourdough bread, grapes and wine.
Artichokes received the most votes. The state produces 99% of the U.S. crop of fresh artichokes, according to a news release from Ocean Mist Farms, Castroville.