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12 Reasons Why Tomato Season Is The BEST Season In Arkansas

Maine has their lobsters, Philly has their cheese steaks and Chicago has deep dish pizzas. And what is the perfect Arkansas food? I submit to you the idea that Arkansas’s perfect, iconic food is the humble tomato. The best news is you don’t need to go to a restaurant to consume this perfect food—you can grow it in your yard and slice it up in your kitchen. Now, I know some of y’all may be thinking “But what about catfish, J.B.? What about possum pie and fried chicken and fried pickles and cheese dip and chocolate rolls and…”

To which I say yes. Yes, those are delicious, perfect Arkansas foods, and the tomato deserves a place among them, for these dozen reasons and many more.

For more iconic Arkansas foods, try these dishes.

If you’re looking for foods you have to try in Arkansas before you die, this list is your dream list.

J.B. Weisenfels
J.B. Weisenfels has lived in rural Arkansas for three decades. She is a writer, a mom, and a graduate student. She is also an avid collector of tacky fish whatnots, slightly chipped teapots, and other old things. In her spare time she enjoys driving to the nearest creek to sit a while. If you were to visit her, she'd try to feed you cornbread.