US Food Quiz


Staff member
Joined Mar 29, 2002
From today's paper. Answers at the bottom.

1. Which berries are native to North America?
A. Raspberries
B. Blueberries
C. Mulberries

2. Which vegetable is a native to North America?
A. Squash
B. Cucumber
C. Green peas

3. What New World import was called "love apples" by the French and "golden apples" by the Italians?
A. Chili peppers
B. Apricots
C. Tomatoes

4. Where did potatoes originate?
A. Dublin, Ireland
B. Idaho's Sawtooth Mountain Range
C. The Andean Mountains of South America

5. Which three foods were known as "The Indian Triad" because of their use by Native Americans?
A. Squash, corn and beans
B. Potatoes, corn and squash
C. Chiles, corn and avocados
D. Potatoes, chilies and corn

6. In 1773, what food product did patriots dump into Boston Harbor?
A. Tea
B. Coffee
C. Pumpkins

7. Which famous salad was created by the manager of the Brown Derby restaurant in Hollywood?
A. Caesar Salad
B. Cobb Salad
C. Green Goddess

8. Which convenience food product debuted in 1937?
A. Kraft Macaroni & Cheese
B. Rice-a-Roni
C. Spaghettios

9. Which American food-storage product came first?
A. Cut-Rite wax paper
B. Tupperware
C. Aluminum foil

10. Which kitchen products were a result of World War II research and development?
A. Tupperware
B. Aluminum foil
C. Microwave ovens
D. All of the above

11. Which candy was first sold by Leo Hirshfield in 1896 and named after his daughter?
A. Baby Ruth
B. Tootsie Roll
C. Hershey Bar

12. Which U.S. president successfully used the campaign slogan, "A chicken in every pot?"
A. James Madison
B. Herbert Hoover
C. Franklin D. Roosevelt

13. Which U.S. president publicly declared his dislike of broccoli?
A. Richard Nixon
B. George Bush
C. George W. Bush

14. Which U.S. president was a peanut farmer?
A. William Clinton
B. Andrew Johnson
C. Jimmy Carter

15. Washington, D.C., is known for its abundance of which type of fruit tree blossoms?
A. Apple
B. Cherry
C. Orange

16. The lyrics of "America the Beautiful" mention what food?
A. Rice
B. Grapes
C. Grain

Answers: How well do you know U.S. food?

1. B
2. A (Pumpkins are also in the squash category.)
3. C
4. C
5. A
6. A
7. B (Cobb salad was created by Bob Cobb in the 1920s.)
8. A
9. A
10. D
11. B (Baby Ruth was purportedly named for Pres. Grover Cleveland's daughter, Ruth.)
12. B (Ironically, this promise was short-lived due to the stock-market crash during his first year in office, signaling the Great Depression.)
13. B
14. C
15. B (The trees were a gift from the Japanese government during William Howard Taft's administration.)
16. C (" . . . amber waves of grain.")


Staff member
Joined Mar 29, 2002
I missed three: 1, 8, 12

My wife missed two 8, 10, and she's not a foodie!

Joined Jul 3, 2002
I missed one: number 4.

But I teach a writing class using the topic of food and culture, so I pick up a lot of info from reading and from the students' research. :)
Joined Jan 11, 2002
Hmm...I missed 6.

So, Chrose and KateW, you're JUST a bit better than an Italian, non-professional food lover :lol: :lol: :lol:

Joined Mar 4, 2000
That was fun.

I would never have guessed that microwave ovens were being invented as early as WWII, or that Italians imported tomatoes from the New World. I still have trouble withh that one.:confused:

But all the rest of them I got right. What a genius I am!!:lol: :crazy: :rolleyes:
Joined Apr 30, 2001
I missed 2....and I'm too sleepy to do any more catching up tonight. Or this morning, as the case may be.


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