The world's largest artichoke and other giant food

Bigger is better.

The road trip is an American rite of passage. Developing throughout the 20th century, the national highway system now forms a complex web with a total length of 48,181 miles. Quirky roadside attractions cropped up along the way to tempt drivers to pull over and purchase the regional produce. [Check out fun photos of historic Route 66.]

Alongside the oversized animals, auto graveyards, and other whimsical works of art, cuisine forms a central theme among these giant photo ops. The concept, while uniquely American, even inspired some international examples. Here are giant food items around the world that represent the local bounty and tempt a quick stop. [See more of the world's most epic drives.]