8 American Foods That Aren't Really American

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Read on to find out where some of the most iconic "American" foods actually originated.

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Hamburgers

It is no secret that hamburgers are loved by many in the U.S. They have become a quintessential part of nearly any American barbeque. But the real question is where this delicious sandwich came from. According to Parade, the original hamburger was created in Germany as just meat, seasoned with salt, onion and a few other spices. When they were brought over to the States as stand-alone meat patties, they were already loved by many, but they hit a whole new level of popularity once one genius chef came up with the idea to take the delicious patty and add a roll or bread, making it easier to eat.

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Ketchup

A hamburger wouldn't be complete without its condiment counterpart, ketchup. Similar to many great foods in history, ketchup was adopted by many countries through trade roots. The sauce was first born in China and Southeast Asia as pickled fish brine and later evolved to comprise fermented vegetables. As the sauce made its way westward to Europe, it was celebrated for its ability to withstand voyages because it did not expire quickly. During the colonial era, the British brought over their version of the sauce, and it is believed that Americans quickly changed it to feature tomatoes. Today, it's more popular in America than ever; A recent survey showed that there is ketchup in a whopping 97% of households in the United States.

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Pickle

A cold, juicy pickle is ideal for the summertime, but did you know that pickles were brought to America on European voyages to the New World? The term "pickling" means to preserve a fresh crop or meat. This was the perfect food to bring along on the long journey. With the fear of scurvy and other diseases, the pickled cucumber was a great way for sailors to get much needed nutrients and vitamins. The next time you munch down on a pickle, think about what an important role they once served.

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Apple Pie

The saying goes, “It’s as American as apple pie,” but how well does that stand, when apple pie wasn’t originally made in the States? English settlers brought over the tasty dessert treat in the early 1600s. Their original pie was filled with unsweetened apples, and evolved into our now sugary treat.

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Hot Dogs

Even though Americans devour 150 million hot dogs on the Fourth of July, we can’t take credit for creating them. The original frankfurter was sausage cooked up in the mid 1800s in Frankfurt, Germany. Similar to when hamburgers were brought to the States, Americans added a bun to make the meat easier to consume.

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Mustard

This tasty condiment is made from a seed that dates as far back as the Stone Age. The seeds were originally used to spice meats and then were transformed by Egyptians and Romans to be a sauce. They combined wine or the juice of unripe grapes to create this versatile condiment.

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Fried Chicken

Warm fried chicken is a classic Southern American home cooked meal. Still, this delightful tradition was all over the globe before it reached the States. It is believed that the Scottish may have lent the method to Americans when traveling at the end of the 19th century.

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Potato Salad

Soon after the potato was discovered in South America by Spanish explorers, it was introduced to other European countries. It is said that potato salad was invented by the Germans and consisted of cooked potatoes, olive oil and vinegar. It was only later that it was adopted by Americans and prepared with mayonnaise.

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Every Fourth of July we get excited to enjoy the warm weather, family and friends and of course all the delicious food. On this holiday in particular, we celebrate with foods that are quintessentially American...or so you may have thought.

Many of our favorite, go-to recipes for this patriotic holiday were actually created in different countries. While everyone knows that America is a melting pot of cultures, the stories behind these common foods may still surprise you. From hot dogs to apple pie, find out where classic "American" foods really come from and how they arrived in this country.

Check out the slideshow above to learn which "American" classics are not so American after all.

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