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What cities and places have foods named after them?

Updated on October 7, 2011


There are many foods in the world that are named after the places where they originated from. In fact, when it comes to naming a speciality dish, that is one of the most common ways for it to get its name.

Having a good knowledge of foods named after cities is great. Not least because it can be useful knowledge for quizzes and general knowledge games. Plus, if you're ever bored on a car journey, try having a little contest with the other passengers. 'How many foods do you know that were named after places?'

There are probably more than are listed here, but this hub should be a good place to start. Anybody who can think of more foods please leave a comment below.

Also check out the hub 'Cakes named after places and towns' to double your culinary/geographical knowledge.

Parma, Italy

This fine city in Northern Italy is most famous for its best culinary export - parma ham.The Italian word for their ham is Prosciutto and in Italy it is known as Prosciutto de Parma. In the rest of the world, parma ham refers generally to any type of dry-cured ham. It has a rich salty taste and is often eaten with bread or cheese.

Bologna, Italy

Now not every may like spaghetti bolognaise, and it takes a lot of skill to cook it well. But it is certainly one of the best known foods named after its place of origin.

Bolognacity gave its name to the meat-based Bolognese sauce which is commonly used across the world to make the well-known dish spaghetti bolognese. Italians know the sauce as ragu alla bolognese but in the city itself the dish is known as just ragu.

Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurter sausages - also known as hot dogs in the US and Europe - are the world famous culinary speciality of Frankfurt, a city in the South West of Germany. The sausages originated in Germany and were commonly served in a bun - later becoming known as hot dogs. They are also known as franks, wieners or weenies.

Brussels, Belgium

The Brussels Sprout vegetable originated from Brussels in Belgium and were named after the city.The dish divides opinion - some people like (who could love sprouts?) and some simply cannot bare them.

Essentially the vegetable is a form of wild cabbage that thrived in the moderate climate of Brussels. The Netherlands later became the largest exporters of the vegetable although they are currently grown around the world - including the US.

Hamburg, Germany

Germany  has rich history of meats and its biggest achievement is perhaps the hamburger. Their local snack - a firkadelle - was served alone. But Americans developed the snack by putting inside a bun with salad. The snack's popularity soared and has become one of the most enduring foods of the past 250 years.

Yorkshire, England

The Yorkshire pudding is a well-known snack that originates from the county of Yorkshire in Northern England. Housewives developed the dish - which can be eaten with a roast dinner or with jam as a desert - by mixing flour, eggs, butter and milk into baking trays and cooking them in a hot oven. The food has now become known worldwide.

Edam, The Netherlands

Edam is a very small town in the North of Holland that is best known for producing Edam cheese. The cheese is traditionally sold in spheres and coated in red paraffin wax which helps to ensure that it lasts for a long time. Edam was the most popular cheese in the worlds during the 14th and 18th centuries.

Champagne, France

Although not technically a food, this luxury drink is one of the best examples of something edible that was named after a place. The sparkling wine is produced exclusively in the Champagne region of France and has forever been associated with luxury and power. Champagne was first only drank by French royalty but it is now drank by millions of people around the world on celebratory occasions.


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      Rickrideshorses 7 years ago from England

      Margarita pizza being made from the Italian flag? Wow, you're right. According to Wikipedia...

      ''In June 1889, to honor the Queen consort of Italy, Margherita of Savoy, the Neapolitan chef Raffaele Esposito created the 'Pizza Margherita,' a pizza garnished with tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and basil, to represent the colors of the Italian flag. He was the first to add cheese.[1] The sequence through which flavored flatbreads of the ancient and medieval Mediterranean became the dish popularized in the 20th century is not fully understood.''

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      Love this Hub - very informative and could be used as a nice Quiz too. I read something sometime ago about a Margarita pizza? (spelling probably wrong) being made out of the Italian Flag... or may be I read it in my dreams.

      Great Hub.

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      Rickrideshorses 7 years ago from England

      Thanks scrytaff. I'm sure there are plenty more...Worcester Sauce to name one.

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      Derek James 7 years ago from South Wales

      Nice hub. One of my favourite subjects and very well explained. thank you.