– In Denmark and India it is thought that one can ward off evil spirits by spreading mustard seed around the exterior of the home.
– In medieval England blackberries were considered unfit to eat after Michaelmas (September 29) as it was believed the Devil spat or urinated on them after that.
– Legend has it that tofu was developed by prince Liu An (179-122 B.C.) while searching for a substance to help him achieve immortality. Liu An was the grandson of Liu Bang, the founding emperior of the Han Dynasty.
– According to the latest research from Cornell University, some people are genetically predisposed to be vegetarians.
– Dolce & Gabbana have designed limited-edition fridges with SMEG Design & Funktion. Each fridge takes over 240 hours to decorate and costs $34,000.
– Kanasawa, in Japan is the gold leaf capital of the world and now serves gold-covered ice cream.
– A characteristic peculiar to scallops is that they have “eyes”. They look like bluish black dots and are clearly visible on the edges of the shell.
– 25 grams is the maximum daily dose of sugar recommended by the World Health Organization. It corresponds, more or less, to six teaspoons. Obviously, this dose also comprises the sugar contained in many products. A canned soft drink, for instance, can contain as much as 40 grams of sugar, but some beverages even total 70 grams.
– The M’s in M & M’s stand for ‘Mars & Murrie’, the co-creators of the candy.
– Lettuce is a member of the sunflower family.
– A survey showed 29% of adults say they have been splashed or scalded by hot drinks while dunking biscuits.
– Pearls melt in vinegar.
– Until 2013 Pizza Hut was the largest purchaser of Kale. It was used as decoration in their salad bars.
– According to Indian Food Theory, our food has 6 different flavours: sweet, salty, bitter, sour, astringent and spicy.
– All chicken McNuggets from McDonalds come in four basic shapes; the bell, bone, boot and ball.
– Chicken Tikka Masala, a popular dish in India, was invented in Glasgow, Scotland.
– Ruth Graves Wakefield, the chef at the Toll House Inn in 1930, is responsible for inventing the chocolate chip cookie. She sold her recipe to Nestle in exchange for a lifetime supply of chocolate.
– The Arabs invented caramel, which served as a depilatory (hair removal) for women in a harem.
– The warriors of Attila, king of the Huns, (A.D. 450) preserved their meat by placing fresh meat under their saddles. All the bouncing squeezed fluids from the meat, and the horse’s sweat salted the meat and removed more moisture. When the warrior stopped to eat, they had a dried and salted meal.
– Nike Is Releasing a Chicken-and-Waffles-Themed Shoe.
– Sea urchin has special type of mouth, called “Aristotle’s lantern”. Mouth is equipped with five sharp teeth that are able to drill a hole in the rock.
– A recent survey of 700 people found that 98 percent mistakenly thought “free-range” or “free-roaming” meant that the egg-laying chickens in question were actually roaming freely across an open space, like the name suggests. “But the truth is a million miles away from that,” says Dan Brooks, creative director for Vital Farms, which conducted the poll. Sure, those so-called free-range chickens aren’t confined to a cage, per se, but they’re usually still kept inside and not really given much room to roam; it’s often less than two square feet per bird, he says.
– Thyme is one of the herbs and spices used by the ancient Egyptians to preserve mummies.
– Wild chickens naturally produce only about 15 eggs a year, but farmers have bred domesticated chickens to lay up to 200 or 300 eggs per annum.
– Castoreum, the dried perineal glands of beavers, is often used as a strawberry, raspberry or vanilla flavoring in some candy, gum, gelatin, and pudding.
– Orange doesn’t rhyme with any other word.
– The red juice that comes out of rare steak is not blood – it is myogoblin, a close relative of blood. Almost all the blood has been removed from a steak by the time it hits the market.
– According to a release by Kraft Heinz Company, it “will transition to using 100 percent cage-free eggs in all North American operations by 2025″ #FreeRoamingChickens
– Ben & Jerry’s recently unveiled its long-promised vegan ice cream line. Later this month, best-selling flavors Chunky Monkey and Chocolate Fudge Brownie will be available in dairy-free versions full time, as will P.B. Cookies and Coffee Caramel Fudge on a limited basis. Made with an almond-milk base, the “frozen desserts” (a certain amount of milkfat must be present for them to be categorized as ice cream) reflect an intense period of trial-and-error testing by Ben & Jerry’s, which dedicated several months of extensive research and labor to creating the final products.
– Snail caviar is a type of caviar that consists of fresh or processed eggs of land snails. In their natural state, the eggs are colourless. In September 2014, the retail value of one brand of snail caviar was over €150 for a 50 gram jar.
– The Joseph Schlitz Brewing Company was an American brewery based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and once the largest producer of beer in the United States.
– In the mid-15th century, water was not a beverage of choice – the national beverages in England were beer and ale. An allowance of 1 gallon of beer a day, even for nuns, was common. Drunkeness was very seldom punished.
– Since 1929 there has been no cocaine in Coca Cola. The leaves were still used for flavor, but the alkaloids were completely removed.
– Tamarind is so sour that Marco Polo claimed the Malabar pirates made their victims swallow a mixture of tamarind and sea water, forcing them to vomit the entire contents of their stomach, revealing any pearls they may have swallowed to conceal them.
– The tandoor, an earthenware pot used as an oven, achieves such high heat (well over 700 degrees F) that they cook a chicken half in less than 5 minutes.
– The Russian Banana potato was developed in the Baltic Region of Europe/Asia and heralded as excellent for salads. It is a favourite among chefs and gourmet markets.
– On his first TV show ‘I Love to Eat’ in 1946, James Beard used ink to color the veining of Roquefort cheese so it would be more photogenic.
– Benjamin Franklin’s cure for flatulence (gas) was dried rhubarb and attar of roses dissolved in wine.
– More than 1 billion people throughout the world are actively involved in growing rice.
– In a survey conducted in 1951 of the U.S. armed services, banana cream pie was the favorite dessert. Rice pudding was the least liked.
– There are 18 people in the U.S. listed on whitepages.com with the last name ‘Turkey’.
– Unagi Pie, a specialty of Hamamatsu, Japan, are cookies made with fresh butter with crushed eel bones, eel extract, or garlic mixed in.
– The Portuguese claim to have 365 ways of preparing dried salt cod (bacalhau) one for each day of the year.
– It takes about 550 peanuts to make a 12 ounce (340 g) jar of creamy peanut butter.
– It takes more than 4 tons of grapes to produce 1 ton of raisins.
– In the first half of the 20th century, giving candy apples out for trick-or-treating was very popular. However, scares about razor blades and other dangerous items in the apples during the 1970’s brought a quick end to this tradition.