Ark of Taste

The Ark of Taste is a list of foods threatened by industrialization and standardization within agriculture and the culinary world. Below are the products with specific cultural or historic importance to the Mid-Atlantic region that we hope to promote to ensure their endurance and celebration.

This list is current as of September 29, 2009

MID-ATLANTIC: NY, NJ, PA, WV, VA, DL, MD

FISH & SHELLFISH
Bay Scallop
Cape May Salt Oyster
Delaware Bay Oyster

FRUITS
Harrison Apple – NJ
Newtown Pippin Apple – NY
Buford Pear – VA
American Persimmon
Bronx Grape – NY
Norton Grape – VA
Oldmixon Free Peach – NY
Pawpaw

MEAT & POULTRY
Black Turkey – MD, VA
Cayuga Duck – NY
Delaware Chicken – DL
Dominique Chicken
Guinea Hog – VA and southeast
Jersey Buff or Buff
Jersey Giant Chicken – NJ
Midget White Turkey – MD
Wyandotte Chicken – NY

NUTS
American Butternut
American Chestnut
Shagbark Hickory Nut

PULSES (BEANS, PEAS, & LENTILS)
Cherokee Trail of Tears Bean
True Red Cranberry Bean
Turkey Craw Bean – NC, VA, TN

VEGETABLES
Early Blood Turnip-Rooted Beet
Fish Pepper
Hinkelhatz Hot Pepper – PA
Amish Pie Squash – MD
Boston Marrow Squash – NY
Aunt Molly’s Ground Cherry – PA
Chalk’s Early Jewel Tomato – PA
Orange Oxheart Tomato – VA
Radiator Charlie’s Mortgage Lifter Tomato – WV

WINES & VINEGARS
Norton Grape – VA

OTHER
Sourwood Honey

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