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 Texas producers can help create a healthy eating style and support local farmers and communities!
Texas’s Food Basket: What’s Locally Grown and Produced
|Apples; Apricots; Bananas; Blackberries; Blueberries, tame and wild; Cantaloupes and muskmelons; Cherries, sweet and tart; Dates; Figs; Grapefruit; Grapes; Guavas; Honeydew melons; Kumquats; Lemons; Limes; Mangoes; Nectarines; Oranges; Papayas; Peaches, Pears; Persimmons; Plums and prunes; Pomegranates; Raspberries; Rhubarb; Strawberries; Tangelos; Tangerines; Watermelons|
|Artichokes; Asparagus; Avocados; Beans, green lima and snap; Beets; Broccoli; Cabbage, Chinese and head; Carrots; Cauliflower; Celery; Collards; Cucumbers and pickles; Daikon; Eggplant; Escarole and endive; Garlic; Kale; Lettuce, head and leaf and Romaine; Mushrooms; Mustard greens; Okra; Olives; Onions, dry and green; Parsley; Peas, Chinese and green; Peppers; Potatoes; Pumpkins; Radishes; Spinach; Squash, summer and winter; Sweet corn; Sweet potatoes; Tomatoes; Turnip greens; Turnips; Watercress|
|Barley; Corn; Oats; Rice; Rye; Wheat|
|Almonds; Bass, hybrid striped; Beans; Beef*; Bison; Carp; Catfish; Chestnuts; Chicken; Cowpeas; Crawfish; Duck; Eggs; Elk; Emu; Field peas; Goat*; Goose; Hazelnuts (Filberts); Lamb*; Ostrich; Partridge; Peanuts; Peas; Pecans; Pheasant; Pigeon or squab; Pistachios; Pork; Prawns; Quail; Rabbit; Red drum fish; Sesame seeds; Shrimp; Soybeans; Sturgeon; Sunflower seeds; Tilapia; Trout; Turkey; Venison; Walnuts|
|Milk; Milk from sheep and goats*|
* Ranked number 1 in the United States – 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 Texas
- State Bread: Pan de campo
- State Crustacean: Texas Gulf shrimp
- State Fish: Guadalupe bass
- State Fruit: Texas red grapefruit
- State Nut: Pecan
- State Native Pepper: Chiltepin
- State Pepper: Jalapeño
- State Pollinator: Western honey bee
- State Saltwater Fish: Red drum
- State Vegetable: Sweet onion
Did You Know?
- Texas is the top producer of beef, goat, lamb, sheep’s milk, and goats’ milk in the United States.
- Texas is also a major producer of winter wheat and egg-laying poultry.
- Up to 28% of schools in Texas are using local and regional foods to serve healthy, MyPlate-inspired meals to kids. That’s almost $59 million invested in the local economy!
Show Us Your Plate!
What does your Texas 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!
Tips and Resources
- MyPlate, MyState Graphics – state icons, blank MyPlate to fill in with your own foods, MyPlate Local Foods Menu
- Farm to School Census - State and school district information about the use of local foods in school breakfasts and lunches, and summer and preschool meals
- Toolkit for Teachers
- National Farmers Market Directory
- CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Directory
- The People’s Garden