Pennsylvania State Beverage



Milk with cinnamom and sunflower seeds; photo by Jacqueline on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution). 


Milk was designated the official state beverage of Pennsylvania in 1982. Pennsylvania is the fifth largest producer of milk in the United States (as well as the top producer of mushrooms, and the fourth largest producer of apples, freestone peaches, and eggs). Farms comprise about one quarter of the Commonwealth's land (7,745,336 acres out of a total 28,684,800 land acres).

Milk has been called a nearly perfect food; a source of protein, calcium, and several other important nutrients. Some farmers say that Pennsylvania's state beverage can be an effective repellent to the state animal (the white-tailed deer) by spraying diluted milk on garden plants.

Pennsylvania produced over 10.5 billion pounds of milk in 1999, each cow giving about 6.5 gallons per day. New York, Pennsylvania, and Vermont are the major dairy states in the Northeast. Less than half of this milk is consumed as a beverage - excess is used for butter, cheese, ice cream, milk powder and other processed products.



Milk; photo by guilherme pavan on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).


Milk, cheese, ice cream, yogurt; public domain photo from USDA Kids Corner: Facts about Dairy Products.

Milk, cheese, ice cream, yogurt

Holstein calf photo by Ian Hayhurst on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution | share alike).

Holstein dairy cow calf


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