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Do You Know These Odd Texas State Symbols?

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You could say that all states have quirks – except maybe Texas, which has more than just a few. Here are nine official Texas state symbols you may not know.

1. State Pepper

Do You Know These Odd Texas State Symbols?

Photo: Flickr/Derek Markham

If you can’t stand the heat – you better find somewhere else to take your boots off. The native pepper, known as the chiltepin, is one of the hottest peppers in the world. Pronounced “chili-pe-keen”, this little round pepper is comparable to a habanero. The state’s non-native official pepper is the jalapeño, but it is relatively mild in comparison.

2. State Bread

Do You Know These Odd Texas State Symbols?

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Pan de Campo was named the official State bread in 2005. This cowboy throw-back is cooked in a Dutch oven over an open camp fire. Its origins date back to the Wild West when cowboys drove cattle north to market.

3. State Dish

Do You Know These Odd Texas State Symbols?

Photo: Flickr/Luca Nebuloni

Nope, not barbecue. Cooking in Texas means that you know how to throw together a mean pot of chili. This official state dish is showcased at cook-offs around the state. Some like it hot, and some like it hotter!

4. State Pie

Do You Know These Odd Texas State Symbols?

Photo: Flickr/Jill

Who doesn’t love pecan pie? If you are from Texas, you know that pecan pie is a staple at any gathering. In fact, in 2013 the Texas Legislature made pecan pie the state pie. Yes, that’s right. Texans – go ahead and indulge yourselves. After all, you can’t say no to the official state pie. Can you?

5. State Dinosaur 

Do You Know These Odd Texas State Symbols?

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We grow them bigger in Texas – but maybe a Paluxysaurus is more than what you bargained for. Bones from the Texas State Dinosaur were found near Waco, Texas, in the mid-1980s. This dinosaur was 70-feet-long and 12-feet-high at the shoulders, making it one of the largest creatures to ever roam the Earth. I guess it is only fitting that was found in the Lone Star State.

6. State Tall Ship

Do You Know These Odd Texas State Symbols?
Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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