Food in Iowa

German food is big in Iowa. There are also lots of pork and barbecue places where you can find delicious corn on the cob.

German food is big in Iowa, including smoked hams and sausages, fresh pastries and homemade wines. There are lots of pork and barbecue places in Iowa.

Corn on the cob is huge, but it is an exception as fruit and vegetables are only the lesser in Iowan's diet. Wrap corn in tin foil and grill at a barbecue then serve with salt and butter over the corn. To eat, pick the cob with corn holders, or with your hands, and bite off the corn kernels.

The Red Delicious apple was developed at an orchard near East Peru, Madison County, in the 1880s. It was first called a Hawkeye apple. The Stark Brothers Nursery bought the rights to this new apple variety and called it a Stark Delicious apple. When Stark nurseries also marketed a Golden Delicious apple, the former Stark Delicious apple became Red Delicious.

Iowa foods

Hogs, corn, soybeans, oats, cattle, dairy products and food processing are major industries in Iowa. Iowa is part of the Cornbelt together with Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.

On summer nights, Iowa farmers say you can hear the corn growing. Not sure if you can hear corn growing, but surely you would be able to see it because, during peak growing time, corn stalks can grow an average of 5 inches per day and that's a lot of growing.

…and food events

Strawberry Days, Strawberry Point, June

Recipes from Iowa

Corn dogs - Iowa chops.


The Hawkeye State

Capital: Des Moines

State bird: Easter goldfinch

State tree: Oak

State Flower: White rose


Iowa sites

Official Iowa site.


Madison County and its six covered bridges, especially the big, red Roseman Bridge.

Sioux City, on the Missouri, and dance in the paillion or stroll along the riverside park. You can also visit the casinos.