Towns in the U.S. Where Fruit Is a Way of Life
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In 1976, New York became the first state to name an official state fruit, the humble apple. Other states have been following suit ever since — choosing familiar favorites like the peach (Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina) or highly specific fruits like the Texas red grapefruit and South Arkansas vine ripe pink tomato. Often, these designations are based on the state’s agriculture or a cultural connection to a particular fruit. It makes sense that New York has the apple, for example, since it is the second-largest apple-producing state, and many towns, such as Warwick in the Hudson Valley, are known for them. Learn about Warwick and six other U.S. towns where fruit has become a way of life for local residents — dominating everything from agriculture to local cuisine and summer festivals.