Florida is one of the most popular destinations for Brits who are heading for the USA, with the favourable weather conditions and the wide range of theme parks located within the Sunshine State being a major draw for families.
There is plenty more to Florida that just rollercoasters however, with the state being something of a treat for foodies who want to sample the various delicacies that it has to offer.
Here’s a quick run down of some of the things you might want to try if the chance arises…
Key Lime Pie:
On a trip to Florida, you might struggle to find somewhere that doesn’t serve Key Lime Pie, with the dish being seen as something of a speciality in the region - particularly if you head from the mainland down towards the Florida Keys.
A true key lime pie is made using fresh limes, egg yolk and condensed milk on top of a crusty base and can occassionally - but not always - be topped with meringue.
It’s a dish that is both sweet and tart at the same time, and one that is sure to tickle your tastebuds.
Before tucking into a slice of key lime pie, you might first want to sample a Cuban sandwich which - as the name suggests - was introduced to Florida by immigrants from Cuba in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
It has now become a popular dish across the state and is readily available with some slight variations from place to place. In the main however, the Cuban sandwich features roasted pork, ham, Swiss cheese and pickles served on a Cuban bread with mustard.
The sandwich is then toasted to leave it looking similar to a panini.
Conch is a seafood delicacy that is commonly found in the waters around the Florida Keys, so it follows that it has become something of a speciality is many of the restaurants in the region.
The tender meat from the shellfish can be served in a variety of different ways but one of the most popular is for it to be deep fried and the served with an accompanying dip.
It’s a great comfort food that you can eat on the go if you wish.
Stone Crab is another dish from the waters around Florida which is hugely popular with visitors to the restaurants in the area.
Strict limits are in force when it comes to harvesting stone crab, with the claws being the only part of the animal that can be consumed - largely because the creature can then be returned to the wild where the claws will regenerate.
Often compared to lobster, stone crab is usually served cold alongside a mustard sauce for dipping.
There is every chance that alligator is one of those dishes up there with frogs legs and snails that you know people enjoy, but that you aren’t necessarily keen on sampling for yourself.
It’s not a dish that people will eat on a daily basis but it’s one that is well worthy trying if you are visiting the region, with the meat - mostly from the tail of the animal - having a taste similar to chicken.
Although it can be served in a range of different ways, you’ll most likely find it fried in a fritter.
Not so much a dish as such but more of an ingredient, Florida is known for producing high quality citrus fruit that you can enjoy all manner of different ways.
A glass of fresh orange juice in the morning is a great way to start the day, perhaps alongside some citrus marmalade on some crusty bread or toast?
Alternatively, expect there to be no shortage of citrus-themed deserts and sweet treats (beyond key lime pie) that you can sample at leisure.