- The Plate
The Simple, Edible Pleasures of Pennsylvania Dutch Country
Travel down the rural backroads of Ohio, Indiana, or Pennsylvania, and you’re likely to pass a horse-drawn buggy or see a team of horses pulling a plow through a field. Both are sure signs that you’re in Pennsylvania Dutch country, also frequently referred to as Amish country.
But first, let’s clear up some misconceptions about the people who live there: Pennsylvania Dutch, Amish, and Mennonite aren’t interchangeable terms. “Pennsylvania Dutch” refers to the descendants of German-speaking settlers from Europe who settled in the U.S., mainly in the 18th century. While that includes many Amish people, not all Pennsylvania Dutch are Amish. Some are Mennonite, Brethren, Lutheran, or adherents of other religions (and we should note that each of these have various