When it comes to delectable delicacies, Northern California has the market cornered. Not only are we a hub of ethnic culture where we grab Thai for lunch and Ethiopian food for dinner; we do have a few clear cut staples that bring to mind this area as soon as you mention them.
When you think “Northern California,” what food comes to mind? Here’s what we think of.
Artichokes are native to the Mediterranean. Italy, France and Spain are the largest producers. In the US, Northern California produces close to 100% of all of our artichokes. Ever heard of Watsonville? And, YES, we consider them Northern Californians!
2. Ghirardelli Chocolate
The Ghirardelli Chocolate Company was incorporated in 1852, and is the third-oldest chocolate company in the United States, after Baker's Chocolate and Whitman's. Take that, Hershey's!
Let's talk garlic, shall we? If you enjoy this delicious bulb of the gods then you know it calls Gilroy, California home. For three days in July people come from all over to eat everything from garlic ice cream to garlic scampi. You can smell the garlic fields from miles away.
4. Garlic Fries
While we're on the topic of garlic, we must throw out a Northern California favorite: GARLIC FRIES. But, not just any garlic fries. Garlic fries at the Giants stadium. Oh, yeah...
5. Sourdough Bread
A favorite of gold miners, and thought to have been brought over with Columbus, there's nothing like it. Northern California is the ONLY place to find it this incredibly good. We promise.
The Northern California coast is a beast when it comes to its delicious seafood. Crab is easy to find and a crab feed is a great fundraiser, in case you're wondering.
World-Class wineries can be found in Napa and even El Dorado County. France, we're not all that impressed with you anymore.
Spanish missionaries first introduced the English walnut (Juglans regia) to California in the 1700s and commercial walnut production began in the mid to late 1800s. Almost all walnut trees grown for their nuts in the United States are produced in Northern California from Los Molinos to Stockton and even farther south.
It takes 5 to 7 years for an avocado tree to mature and bear fruit. Yes, fruit. This is not a veggie--but we don't care. We Northern Californians love it no matter what it is.
There are lots of foods that come to mind when we think of Northern California. We’ve just given you a tiny taste here. Fill us in. What comes to mind when you think of this part of the Golden State?