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North Carolina

MyPlate, MyState North Carolina iconHello, NORTH CAROLINA!

MyPlate, MyState connects Americans with the foods and flavors grown in their states and regions. Use the information below to find out how the foods grown and raised by North Carolina producers can help create a healthy eating style and support local farmers and communities!

North Carolina’s Locally Grown and Produced Foods

image of MyPlate Fruit Group button Apples, Apricots, Blackberries, Blueberries (tame and wild), Cantaloupes and Muskmelons, Cherries (sweet and tart), Figs, Grapes, Honeydew Melons, Kiwifruit, Nectarines, Peaches, Pears, Persimmons, Plums and Prunes, Pomegranates, Raspberries, Rhubarb, Strawberries, Watermelons
image of MyPlate Vegetable Group button Asparagus, Beans (green lima and snap), Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage (Chinese and head), Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chicory, Collards, Cucumbers and Pickles, Eggplant, Garlic, Kale, Lettuce (head, leaf, and Romaine), Mushrooms, Mustard Greens, Okra, Onions (dry and green), Parsley, Peas (Chinese and green), Peppers, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Radishes, Spinach, Squash (summer and winter), Sweet Corn, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes (in the open), Turnip Greens, Turnips, Watercress
image of MyPlate Grains Group button Barley, Buckwheat, Corn for grain (e.g., flour), Oats, Popcorn, Rye, Wheat
image of MyPlate Protein Foods Group button Almonds, Bass (hybrid striped), Beans, Beef, Bison, Catfish, Chestnuts, Chicken*, Cowpeas, Duck, Eggs*, Elk, Emu, Field peas, Goat, Goose, Hazelnuts (Filberts), Lamb, Ostrich, Partridge, Peanuts, Peas, Pecans, Perch, Pheasant, Pigeon or Squab, Pork, Quail, Rabbit, Soybeans, Sunflower Seeds, Tilapia, Trout, Turkey, Venison, Walnuts
image of MyPlate Dairy Group button Milk, Milk from sheep and goats

* Ranked number 1 in the U.S. – Source: 2012 Census of Agriculture

Note: Beans and Peas in the Protein Foods list are in dried form and are used as meat alternatives. Additionally, foods that do not belong to any food group are not listed.


Official State Products of North Carolina

  • Beverage: Milk
  • Blue Berry: Blueberry
  • Red Berry: Strawberry
  • Fish: Channel bass
  • Freshwater Fish: Southern Appalachian brook trout
  • Fruit: Scuppernong grape
  • Vegetable: Sweet potato

Did You Know?

  • North Carolina is the top producer of chicken and eggs in the U.S.
  • North Carolina is also a major producer of turkey and pork.
  • Up to 62% of schools in North Carolina are using local and regional foods to serve healthy, MyPlate-inspired meals to kids. That’s over $25.8 million invested in the local economy!

Show Us Your Plate!

  • What does your North Carolina plate look like? Show how you use foods from your state and region by taking a picture of your plate and sharing on social media using the hashtag #MyPlateMyState. Check out the USDA Blog post for more information on how to share your plate!

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