North Dakota: Chokecherry
This official state berry sounds like something out of Fifty Shades of Grey, looks like those toxic holly wreath berries, and tastes strongly astringent, equal parts tart and bitter. But, it's loaded with antioxidants and therefore super, super good for you, so load it up with sugar and spread it on some toast -- there are definitely worse fruits in the world.
Louisiana: Mayhaw jelly & Natchitoches meat pie
When it comes to local customs, Louisiana proudly takes the cake for absolute strangest. Where else can you find alligator burgers, 24-hour drive-thru daiquiri bars, and an annual festival called Mudbug Madness all within the same ZIP code? It's no surprise that the official state foods -- mayhaw jelly, a sweet, zesty preserve made from a cranberry-like fruit native to the bayou swamps, and Natchitoches meat pie, a deep-fried hand pie stuffed with ground beef, ground pork, onions, peppers, and garlic -- are about as Loo-see-annah-centric as it gets.