Nov 23, 2022 - News

Texas' butter consumption lags behind other states

Pass the butter: How much depends where you live
Data: Instacart; Map: Sara Wise/Axios

Even as Texans are world-famous eaters, we're not all that big on butter.

The big picture: We love butter on our mashed potatoes, but we noticed that butter consumption lags in Texas, the Southwest and the West.

Between the lines: "The butter 'divide' is not surprising considering that much of the Midwest and East Coast was settled by Europeans who brought with them a long tradition of dairying and buttery cuisine," Elaine Khosrova, author of "Butter: A Rich History" tells Axios. "In the West and Southwest, of course, you have more settlers from Hispanic cultures, where butter was not a prominent ingredient in their dishes."

Yes, but: Deep fried butter won the Most Creative award at the 2009 Texas State Fair.

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