There are so many fun, interesting and refreshing food facts out there, it’s mind blowing. This post is intended as an on-going, ever growing collection of food facts that I may find. I’ll try to bunch them into similar categories but I will not make any promises. Additionally, anyone who knows me, knows that I am not a big fan of blindly posting facts that cannot be validated. If one of the facts below is not able to be validated, I will note it accordingly and ask for help on validation.
The Margherita Pizza is named for Margherita of Savoy, Queen consort of Italy from 1878-1900 during the reign of her husband, King Umberto I 1)http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/foodanddrinkpicturegalleries/9805593/Classic-dishes-named-after-people.html?frame=2453063.
The largest item in a recipe is Roast Camel. The camel is stuffed with a sheep/lamb, then stuffed with chickens, then with fish, then with eggs and rice and all kinds of seasoning 2)http://www.snopes.com/food/prepare/camel.asp.
Did you know that Cotton Candy only costs about $0.06 per serving to make, including the cardboard stick 3)http://www.cottoncandyexpress.com/profitability.html.
Twinkies originally had a banana-flavored filling, but switched to vanilla when World War II brought the banana trade to a halt 4)http://www.businessinsider.com/twinkie-recipe-banana-world-war-ii-2012-11.
Hershey Kisses are named after the smacking noise the machine made in production 5)http://www.hersheys.com/kisses/experience/our-story.aspx.
A cluster of bananas is called a “hand”. Accordingly, a single banana is called a “finger” 6)http://corsinet.com/trivia/bananas.html.
Technically, green peppers, zucchini, cucumbers and tomatoes are all fruits. Yep, true facts. In the 1893 U.S. Supreme Court Case Nix v. Hedden, the court decided tomatoes were a vegetable and were therefore subject to a vegetable tariff. The reasoning was that they had to be vegetables because they are served with dinner, not as a desert 7)http://www.kitchendaily.com/read/most-surprising-fruits-commonly-mistaken-vegetables.
When cranberries are ripe, they will bounce like a rubber ball 8)http://www.state.nj.us/hangout_nj/200211_cranberry_p2.html.
Almonds may be a nut, but they are a part of the Rose family, peach genus (Prunus) and further related in the peach sub-genus (Amygdalus) 9)http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/480862/Prunus.
The pretzel was invented by an Italian monk in the year 610 A.D. To reward young children for learning their prayers, he supposedly folded strips of bread dough to resemble the crossed arms of praying children. He called his creation pretiola, which meant “little rewards.” 10)http://wonderopolis.org/wonder/how-did-the-pretzel-get-its-shape/
Turkey sandwiches rank as the all-time favorite sandwich 11)http://www.businessinsider.com/most-popular-sandwiches-in-america-2014-10.
The inner part of the bread encased by the crust is called the “crumb”. This is why small bits of this part of the bread are called crumbs 12)http://www.answers.com/Q/What_is_the_soft_part_on_the_inside_of_bread_called.
The juice that comes out of a steak is not blood, it is myoglobin. Myoglobin is kind of like blood, but it is not blood 13)http://www.exploratorium.edu/cooking/meat/INT-what-meat-color.html.
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