Originating from the UK, Rick is a horse lover and has a background in journalism.
There are many foods in the world that are named after the places where they originated from. In fact, when it comes to naming a speciality dish, that is one of the most common ways for it to get its name.
Having a good knowledge of foods named after cities is great. Not least because it can be useful knowledge for quizzes and general knowledge games. Plus, if you're ever bored on a car journey, try having a little contest with the other passengers: 'How many foods do you know that were named after places?'
There are probably more than the foods listed here, but this list should be a good place to start.
1. Parma Ham (Parma, Italy)
This fine city in Northern Italy is most famous for its best culinary export: parma ham. The Italian word for their ham is prosciutto, and in Italy, it is known as prosciutto de Parma. In the rest of the world, parma ham refers generally to any type of dry-cured ham. It has a rich salty taste and is often eaten with bread or cheese.
2. Spaghetti Bolognaise (Bologna, Italy)
Now not everyone likes spaghetti bolognaise, and it takes a lot of skill to cook it well. But it is certainly one of the best-known foods named after its place of origin.
The city of Bologna gave its name to the meat-based sauce that is commonly used across the world to make the well-known dish spaghetti bolognese. Italians know the sauce as ragu alla bolognese, but in the city itself, the dish is known simply as ragu.
3. Frankfurters (Frankfurt, Germany)
Frankfurter sausages, also known as hot dogs in the United States and Europe, are the world-famous culinary speciality of Frankfurt, a city in southwest Germany. The sausages originated in Germany, and they were commonly served in a bun. Later, they became known as hot dogs, franks, wieners or weenies.
4. Brussels Sprouts (Brussels, Belgium)
The Brussels sprout vegetable originated in Brussels, Belgium, and they were named after the city. The dish divides opinion—some people love them whereas others simply cannot bear them.
Essentially, the vegetable is a form of wild cabbage that thrived in the moderate climate of Brussels. The Netherlands later became the largest exporter of the vegetable, although they are currently grown around the world, including the United States.
5. Hamburger (Hamburg, Germany)
Germany has rich history of meats, and its biggest achievement is perhaps the hamburger. Their local snack—a firkadelle—was served alone. But Americans developed the snack by putting it inside a bun with salad. The snack's popularity soared and has become one of the most enduring foods of the past 250 years.
6. Yorkshire Pudding (Yorkshire, England)
The Yorkshire pudding is a well-known snack that originates from the county of Yorkshire in Northern England. Housewives developed the dish—which can be eaten with a roast dinner or with jam as a dessert—by mixing flour, eggs, butter and milk into baking trays and cooking them in a hot oven. The food has now become known worldwide.
7. Edam Cheese (Edam, Netherlands)
Edam is a very small town in the north of Holland that is best known for producing Edam cheese. The cheese is traditionally sold in spheres and coated in red paraffin wax, which helps to ensure that it lasts for a long time. Edam was the most popular cheese in the world from the 14th to the 18th centuries.
8. Champagne (Champagne, France)
Although not technically a food, this luxury drink is one of the best examples of something edible that was named after a place. The sparkling wine is produced exclusively in the Champagne region of France and has forever been associated with luxury and power. In the beginning, Champagne was drunk only by French royalty, but today it is drunk by millions of people around the world on celebratory occasions.