Arizona is home to the oldest documented food traditions in North America. For example, use of maize and squash in Arizona can be traced back over 4,000 years. Phoenix itself is known for its authentic Mexican cuisine, as well as its rich Native American cuisine. In fact, among Phoenix's offerings is the only certified 5-star Native American restaurant in the world – Kai Restaurant.
Farmers in Arizona still grow the same variety of fruits, vegetables, and grains as the first tribes that cultivated the area. Newcomers should make a point to taste some local Native American/Mexican cuisine, and visit the locals' favorite restaurants.