"Laughter is brightest in the place where the food is" Irish proverb
Food is the most important thing in one’s life. Good food always offers a good mood. Every day we are having food. Ever thought of collecting more information about the food you eat ? So, here I am putting some interesting facts about food that will surely amaze you.
I am listing down 15 facts about food; some weird, some crazy and some are fascinating indeed.
1. Almonds are a member of the peach family.
Almond is a species of tree native to Iran and some surrounding countries as well as Central Asia. Almond is also the name of an edible and widely cultivated seed of this plant.
Everyone loves almonds; don’t you? But, do you know the almond tree itself falls in the family Prunus? This category of stone fruit encompasses trees and shrubs that produce edible fruit like cherries, plums, peaches, and nectarines.
2. Carrots being originally purple.
While we all have seen carrots as bright orange root crops, the original carrots domesticated in Central Asia ca. 900 CE were purple and yellow. Over time, somehow, 17th-century Dutch carrot growers managed to cultivate these yellow and white one’s carrots into the orange ones we are familiar with today.
3. Lindeth Howe pudding is the world’s most expensive food.
This dessert tops the list of most expensive foods. It is made from high-end Belgian chocolate, gold, caviar, and a two-carat diamond. It is served in an edible replica of a Faberge egg. It costs $34,531 or around Rs. 25 lakhs per pudding.
4. The Aztecs used chocolate as currency.
The Aztecs believed that cacao seeds were the gift of Quetzalcoatl, the God of wisdom, and the seeds once had so much value that they were used as a form of currency. People under Aztec rule could use cocoa to pay their taxes.
5. White chocolate is not actually chocolate.
White chocolate is a chocolate confection. According to Bon Appetit, the item is made from cocoa butter, sugar and milk solids. White chocolate doesn’t contain cocoa solids, which are generally found in other chocolates. It is characterized by a pale ivory color.
6. Gummi Bears are made with car wax.
Gummi Bears have always been popular among the kids. The popular Gummi Bears(and similar candies) always get a glossy sheen. This is because they are made with carnauba wax, the same material used in cars for their shine.
7. Bananas are berries; strawberries aren’t.
I am pretty sure that you must have not known this fact. According to the folks at Live Science and Wikipedia, a fruit must have some characteristics in order to be classified as a berry. And fruits like banana, tomatoes come under berries. But others like strawberries, raspberries, etc. are not considered as berries.
8. Apple Pie is not American.
Apple pie, though popularly known as American is not really American. The Pie was invented in medieval England, while the modern recipe for apple pie with a lattice crust was created by the Dutch.
9. Honey never rots.
Honey is the only food that never rots. This is due to the chemical profile of honey. It doesn’t have any moisture content of its own and is naturally quite acidic. Both of these factors ensure that honey is never affected by the microorganism.
The oldest honey ever found was unearthed in Georgia, and dates back over 5,000 years.
10. Potatoes can help wifi.
Potatoes containing high watery content and chemistry absorb and reflect the radio wave signals in a much similar manner like humans. The engineers of Boeing used this mechanism and stacked their airplane with 20,000 pounds of potatoes to ensure that the wifi signal does not interfere with the smooth navigation of the vehicle.
11. The popsicle was invented accidentally.
11-year-old Frank Epperson left a mixture of soda and water in a cup outside overnight. The mixture froze and he ate his newfound. Epperson called it ‘Epsicle’ and started selling it all in Neptune Beach in San Francisco. While Frank grew old, children started calling it Pop’s Sickle or Popsicle.
12. Peanut butter can be converted into a diamond.
Geophysicists are turning peanut butter into diamond gemstones. Peanut butter can be made into diamond under the conditions of intense pressure and very high temperatures. The resulting diamonds are typically very small and tend to be muddy in color.
13. A typical ear of corn has an even number of rows.
One interesting fact about corn is that it always has an even number of rows on each ear(especially 16). A corn ear is actually an inflorescence that produces nearly 1,000 female flowers. These flowers, or potential kernels, are arranged in an even number of rows.
14. Apples instead of coffee.
so despite the high sugar levels, apple is a much healthier alternative to drinking coffee. Vitamins from the fruit specifically the skin, are released slowly throughout the body, making the person feel more awake.
15. In Kentucky, carrying ice cream in your back pocket is illegal.
It is illegal to carry an ice cream cone in your back pocket in Kentucky.
This is a very old law. People used to do this to steal horses. The ice cream could be used to lure a horse away, and if the person was caught they would use the excuse, “I didn’t steal it – he followed me home!”
Hope you enjoyed those facts above. Besides these, there are a lot more such about the food we daily eat or we see. Let me know if you know any of them.