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The United States is home to copious region-specific food gastronomies – a blend of the natural ingredients readily available and the influences of the people who come to cultivate them. These hybrid food inspirations have led to innovation and unique dishes across the continent. Three quintessential ingredients found naturally in the area – pawpaw, walnuts and venison (deer meat) – have had an outstanding influence on Ozarks survival and the enduring food culture.