I love reading quirky books that most people would leave on the shelves. It is through these books that I pick up some of my most interesting knowledge.
Recently, I saw a book chock full of unbelievable facts. I was so intrigued that I read it from cover to cover and then sought out new facts on the net as well.
Over the course of the next few weeks, I hope to share some of these fun facts with you. Since the holidays are upon us, I thought it appropriate to begin with some strange, but true, facts about food. Have fun!
Doughnuts originally had no hole in the center. However, bakers found that if they cooked the pastry long enough to make sure it was done throughout, it made the edges too crispy. Finally, one baker had the idea of removing the problem center of the pastry. Thus doughnuts were invented.Marco Polo brought the recipe for ice milk back from one of his trips to China. Eventually, cream was substituted for the milk and “ice cream” was born.
The reason that bubble gum was originally dyed pink was because it was the only color achievable through food coloring when it was launched.
Instant coffee was actually first used in the 18th Century.
George Washington Carver, known as the father of the peanut, also invented more than 100 products made from his tasty food. These included dyes for clothing and stains for furniture.
Lemons have more sugar than many other fruits, including the strawberry.
In some parts of the world, mice are considered a food delicacy.
Pig fat, also known as lard, was once used like butter.
The highest prized coffee in the world originates from animal poop.
Tomatoes are actually a form of berry.
Modern man isn’t the first to use garlic medicinally. Ancient Egyptians used it extensively, even for treating tumors.
Some cultures like to eat roasted camel.
Poppy seeds contain a derivative of the painkiller known as morphine. That’s why false positive drug tests often occur among people who eat the seeds regularly.
The turkey actually originated in Mexico.
The FDA sanctions a certain amount of bug parts and rodent hair in food.
We have the Native Americans to thank for popcorn.
The color of Coca-Cola in the beginning was actually green.
The cucumber originated in India.
Soup dates back to 6000 BC and it was made from hippopotamus.
While many have claimed the invention of noodles, in 2005 a site excavation in China proved they were first created there.
Worcestershire sauce has something in common with Fish sauce. Both are made from dried fish.
Salt got its name from the word salary because it was so highly prized in Rome, that soldiers often took it in lieu of their salaries.
The Popsicle was invented by a child who held the recipe hostage for nearly 20 years.
Children in the Middle Ages often drank beer with their meals.
Peanuts are indirectly responsible for the creation of dynamite. The oil from peanuts is often used to make nitroglycerine, which in turn is used to make the explosive stuff.
Stay tuned for more unbelievable fun facts about animals, our bodies, history and more.