Washington foods: find what’s fresh in the Pacific Northwest

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What regional foods are unique to the state of Washington? 

Located up in the Pacific Northwest north of Oregon, the state of Washington is home to a number of locally sourced foods, primarily seafood and fruits, that you can’t get fresher anywhere else.  Some Washington regional foods that you’ll want to make sure to try if you’re in town are:

  • Sockeye salmon (full-flavored salmon) and Atlantic salmon (mild-flavored salmon)
  • geoduck (pronounced “gooey duck”; a very large saltwater clam with a crisp texture and sweet flavor)
  • Dungeness crab (delicate salty, but sweet flavor)
  • Rainier cherries (pronounced “ray NEAR”; sweet, low acidic flavor)
  • huckleberries and raspberries (Washington is the leading producer of raspberries in the US)
  • Washington apples…well, apples in general (the state produces 60% of all fresh apples in the US)

Where can I get them?  

You can find most of these foods primarily in the Seattle area and close to the coast, especially the seafood.  In any case, no trip to the Evergreen state is complete without a visit to Pike Place Market

Here are some notable spots recommended by locals that you should queue up for your trip:

fresh apples in Bellewood Acres, WA:
Bellewood Country Café

Washington regional foods fresh apples
photo: Bellewood Acres on Facebook

artisanal chocolates in Seattle, WA:
Fran’s Chocolates

washington regional foods artisinal chocolates
photo: Fran’s Chocolates on Facebook

Piroshkis in Seattle, WA: Piroshky Piroshky

Washington regional foods Piroshky Piroshki
photo: Piroshky Piroshky on Facebook

Copper River sockeye salmon in Seattle, WA: Anchovies & Olives

washington regional food salmon
photo: Anchovies & Olives on Facebook

geoduck in Seattle, WA: Taylor Shellfish Farms

Washington regional food geoduck
photo: Taylor Shellfish Farms on Facebook

doughnuts in Seattle, WA: Top Pot Doughnuts

washington regional foods doughnuts
photo: Top Pot Doughnuts on Facebook

seven flavor beef in Bellevue, WA: Wild Ginger

washington regional foods seven flavor beef
photo: Wild Ginger on Facebook

Can’t make it to Washington?  It can be tough to get a true taste of Washington-based foods since many are eaten fresh from the ocean/tree/etc.  However here are a few foods (and ways to make foods) that you can buy to get an authentic taste of the state:

artisanal chocolates

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Rainier Cherry Tree

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Top Pot doughnuts recipe book

washington regional foods doughnuts

Hello! I'm Kristina

Kristina Reynolds is the Founder & CEO of Glutto and an alumna of the University of California, San Diego. She writes articles & posts for Glutto Digest with insights from fellow industry experts. Furthermore, she is the author of The Fittest Food Lovers: How EVERY BODY Can be Incredibly Fit and Still Enjoy Food, a collaborative philanthropic book with proceeds going to charities that fight world hunger.