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Kentucky ranked #1 for love of green bean casserole

78% of residents surveyed ‘really like’ or ‘love’ the dish

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov.¬†26, 2014) — With 30 million green-bean casseroles set to appear on Thanksgiving tables next week, it‚Äôs interesting to consider this fun fact: Kentucky is ranked #1 in the United States for love of this popular dish.

green bean casseroleTo conduct this study, bean counters at the Del Monte Green Bean Index‚ÄĒa prominent grower, distributor and marketer of green beans and many other vegetables‚ÄĒasked 1,500 Americans to “go green bean” and rate their fondness for the classic green-bean casserole side dish.

Shown below are the Top 20 U.S. states with the highest concentration of green-bean casserole lovers:

***  Del Monte Green Bean Index ***

The top 20 U.S states that love green-bean casserole

#1: ¬†Kentucky (78% of residents ‘really like or love the dish’)

#2:  Wisconsin (77%)

#3:  Missouri (76%)

#4:  Iowa (75%)

#5:  Maine (74%)

#6:  New Hampshire (73%)

#7:  Florida (72%)

#8:  Colorado (71%)

#9:  California (69%)

#10: Mississippi (68%)

#11:  Oklahoma (67%)

#12:  Utah (66%)

#13:  Kansas (66%)

#14:  Texas (65%)

#15:  Maryland (64%)

#16:  Ohio (63%)

#17:  Massachusetts (62%)

#18:  Illinois (61%)

#19:  Michigan (60%)

#20:  New York (60%)

Top five ‚Äėsecret ingredients‚Äô for green-bean casserole:

Del Monte also asked state residents to rate their favorite “secret ingredient” — a single, creative item that can be added to the casserole’s iconic green bean, cream of mushroom soup and french fried onion flavors to make it unique and different. According to the survey, the Top 5 most-wanted secret ingredients are:

#1:  Bacon (37% picked it as their favorite secret ingredient)

#2:  Cheese (19%)

#3:  Mushrooms (15%)

#4:  Bread crumbs, croutons, or crushed crackers (12%)

#5:  Almonds (8%)

Green-bean casserole recipes:

If green bean casserole isn’t yet part of your holiday menu, don’t be green with envy. See the links below:

*  Classic green-bean casserole recipe:


*  Other green-bean casserole recipe variations:


For those on a string (bean) budget, all varieties of canned Del Monte green beans are on a special sale this holiday season.

More details:

*  For ready-to-use photos of green-bean casseroles, Del Monte green bean cans, or the Del Monte logo, download here