Using a unique scoring system combining Instagram hashtag data with search volume data from Google Adwords, I was able to discover the most popular regional delicacies in each continent (and also the dishes that deserve more recognition).

Dishes from the US feature heavily in the list, with the New York pizza slice topping the list with just under 38 million hashtag mentions and the all-American hamburger takes second place, with a juicy 35 million hashtag mentions.

When it comes to ingredients, it’s interesting to see fish featuring in two out of the 10 most iconic dishes, with Japanese staple Sushi and Hawaiian dish Poke taking 3rd and 10th place respectively.

The seriously Instagram-friendly Macaron was the only sweet treat that made the cut. These pastel-hued delights feature in over 5 million Instagram posts.

More info: gousto.co.uk

Mapping the world’s most iconic dishes