Australia food map shrimp
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11 Beautiful Maps Made Out of the Food

Mar 12, 2014

Correction appended, March 14

Cartography just got a much tastier look. Artists Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves created a series of maps made entirely out of the foods for which the countries and continents are known .

"Exploring new places through the food you eat is often a portal to the cultural complexities of that place," Hargreaves told TIME in an email. " While we know that tomatoes originally came from the Andes in South America, Italy has become the tomato king. These maps show how food has traveled the globe—transforming and becoming a part of the cultural identity of that place. Who doesn't know the saying "throw some shrimp on the barbie" and not think of Australia? Who goes to France without eating bread and cheese? And who makes a Brazilian caipirinha without a fistful of limes?"

The United States, Corn

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Italy, Tomatoes

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Australia, Shrimp

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China, Noodles

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France, Cheese and Bread

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Japan, Seaweed

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Africa, Bananas and Plantains

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India, Spices

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New Zealand, Kiwi

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South America, Citrus

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Ireland the United Kingdom, Biscuits

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Correction: The original version of this story and headline incorrectly described all of the places depicted as countries. The story was also updated to clarify that Ireland is not part of the United Kingdom.

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