Green Bean Casserole

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California is ranked #9 in the U.S. for love of green-bean casserole, according to the Del Monte Green Bean Index.

To conduct this study, bean counters at Del Monte — the country’s prominent grower, distributor, and marketer of green beans and many other delicious vegetables — asked 1,500 Americans to “go green bean” and rate their fondness for the classic green-bean casserole side dish.

Shown below are the Top 20 U.S. states with the highest concentration of green-bean casserole lovers:

*** DEL MONTE GREEN BEAN INDEX ***

>> THE TOP 20 U.S. STATES THAT LOVE GREEN-BEAN CASSEROLE

#1: Kentucky (78% of residents ‘really like or love the dish’)
#2: Wisconsin (77%)
#3: Missouri (76%)
#4: Iowa (75%)
#5: Maine (74%)
#6: New Hampshire (73%)
#7: Florida (72%)
#8: Colorado (71%)
#9: California (69%)
#10: Mississippi (68%)
#11: Oklahoma (67%)
#12: Utah (66%)
#13: Kansas (66%)
#14: Texas (65%)
#15: Maryland (64%)
#16: Ohio (63%)
#17: Massachusetts (62%)
#18: Illinois (61%)
#19: Michigan (60%)
#20: New York (60%)

>> TOP FIVE ‘SECRET INGREDIENTS’ FOR GREEN-BEAN CASSEROLE:

Del Monte also asked state residents to rate their favorite “secret ingredient” — a single, creative item that can be added to the casserole’s iconic green bean, cream of mushroom, and french fried onion flavors to make it unique and different. According to the survey, the Top 5 most-wanted secret ingredients are:

#1: Bacon (37% picked it as their favorite secret ingredient)
#2: Cheese (19%)
#3: Mushrooms (15%)
#4: Bread crumbs, croutons, or crushed crackers (12%)
#5: Almonds (8%)

For those on a string (bean) budget, all varieties of canned Del Monte green beans are on a special sale this holiday season.

Whether you include canned, frozen or fresh, seems you need to include a green bean casserole.

Happy Thanksgiving!