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See also: OKLAHOMA FOOD FESTIVALS; Peanut Butter & Jelly

OKLAHOMA FOOD TRIVIA & FACTS

FARMS & FARMERS
Oklahoma: land area of about 43,905,445 acres.
Farmland is 35,087,269 acres or 79.9% of total land.
Organic agriculture accounts for about 21,570 acres.
Number of Farms: 86,565
Principle Farm Operators:
       Men: 75,716   Women: 10,849
(2013 - USDA Economic Research Service: www.ers.usda.gov ) 
[2007-2008 latest available data]

POPULATION & HUNGER
Oklahoma has a total population of: 3,791,508
Urban population: 2,443,799
Rural population: 1,347,709
ood insecure households*: 14.7%
ouseholds with very low food security*: 7.0%
*Food insecurity - Limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways.
Very low food security - At times during the year, eating patterns of one or more household members were disrupted and food intake reduced because the household lacked money and other resources for food.

(2013 - USDA Economic Research Service: www.ers.usda.gov )
(Population & Food Security data: 2011)


The Cow Chip Throwing Capital of the World is Beaver, Oklahoma. Established as a tribute to the unique natural fuel source of the town's early settlers, Beaver has hosted the World Cow Chip Throwing Championship every April since 1969.

Okmulgee, Oklahoma, held the world's record for largest pecan pie, pecan cookie, and pecan brownie. The town formerly held an annual Pecan Festival each June. The Okmulgee Pecan Festival was discontinued in 2009.

In 2007 Watermelon was named the Official State Vegetable. (That is correct - it is the state VEGETABLE).

In 2005 the Strawberry (Fragaria spp.) was designated the Official State Fruit.

In 1985 the state Senate designated Milk as the State Beverage, and in 2002 Milk was designated as the State Drink by the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

The official State Meal: fried okra, squash, cornbread, barbecue pork, biscuits, sausage and gravy, grits, corn, strawberries, chicken fried steak, pecan pie, and black-eyed peas.  (Designated in 1988).

In 1990 the Wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) was named the Official State Game Bird.

In 1972 the American Buffalo or Bison (Bison bison) was named the Official State Animal.

In 1989 the Raccoon (Procyon lotor) was adopted as the Official State Furbearer Animal.

In 1990 Oklahoma adopted the White-tail Deer (Odocoileus virginians) as the Official State Game Animal.

In 1997 the Bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana) was named Official State Amphibian.

In 1974 White Bass, also called Sand Bass (Morone chrysops) was named the Official State Fish.

In 1992 the Honeybee (Apis millifera) was named the Official State Insect.

In 1972 Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans) was named the Official State Grass.

In 1893 Oklahoma adopted Mistletoe (Phoradendron serotinum) as the Official State Floral Emblem.
 

 

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