California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom has proclaimed artichokes the state vegetable and avocados the state fruit.
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.
“Our artichoke consumers, fans and club members rallied to vote for the artichoke, and won,” Kori Tuggle, director of marketing and business development for Ocean Mist, said in the release.
Ocean Mist representatives planned to visit Sacramento with chef Ryan Scott to prepare Newsom an artichoke dinner. California artichoke production peaks in April and into May.
Note on correction: The original story did not list every food receiving the designation.