Food & Nutrition

13 Differences in Regional Food Names You’ll Argue About Forever

A soda by any other name will still taste just as sweet.

What do you call a long sandwich?

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Pile cold cuts and cheese into a long Italian roll, and what do you get? In most of the country, you’ll order a submarine sandwich, or sub for short. But in Philadelphia, you’ll see it listed as a hoagie, while New Yorkers call it a hero, and farther north, New Englanders munch on grinders. Other regional names exist too: zeppelins or zeps in eastern Pennsylvania, spuckies (short for spucadella, an Italian roll) in Boston, blimpies in parts of New Jersey, Dagwoods in the upper Midwest, and a wedge in Westchester, New York.

What do you call green peppers?

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Ask for mangos in a Midwestern supermarket, and you might think the grocer made a mistake by walking you over to green bell peppers. Why the confusion? The first mangoes (the tropical fruit) that came to America were pickled to keep them fresh, so colonists started calling any pickled food a mango. One of the most popular pickled foods was a stuffed green pepper. Kind of like how a pickled cucumber is just a pickle, a mangoed pepper just became a mango, and the name stuck around. Here are 10 foods you won’t believe are American.

What do you call these Ice cream toppers?

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The name for those rainbow-colored candies could cause quite a fierce debate during a friendly ice cream outing. Most of the country calls them sprinkles, but around Boston and in some other areas of the Northeast, residents refer to them as jimmies.

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