Researchers Use Twitter to Analyze Each State’s Most-Talked about Food

It’s not necessarily the most popular food, but it’s the food that more people in that state are tweeting about than any other. In Texas, we talk about brisket because, well, brisket is awesome. Miss Cellania’s Kentucky is tacoland. In Wyoming, people want to share their thoughts about watercress.

The Twitter4Food research team at the University of Arizona published an online paper and a set of interactive data visualizations to share the results of their study of 3.5 million tweets published between October 2013 and May 2014.

You can search the United States to see who has an interest in particular foods, such as sheep brains (a traditional Southern delicacy).

You can also create heat maps for the entire world to see what regions are tweeting about foods, such as this map showing tweets about Scotch eggs.

-via First We Feast

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I live in New Hampshire, and I'm fairly certain I have only ever used, or heard anyone use, the word "maize" in reference to old Mazola corn oil commercials. I'm aware that it's corn, obviously, but the word choice here has me befuddled.
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