At F&HE, we love a good old food fact or two. We’ve rounded up 10 of our favourite facts we bet you didn’t know about food. Prepare to have your mind blown!
1. Ever wondered why it is called a pound cake? Contrary to popular belief, pound cake, does not weigh one pound. Pound cake, which originated in Europe during the first half of the 18th century, got its name from its original recipe, which called for a pound each of butter, eggs, sugar, and flour. Thus, in actual fact, the pound cake would weigh four pounds (which is almost 2kg, by the way).
2. Love a bit of wasabi (the green stuff) with your sushi? More often than not, you are not eating real wasabi, but rather flavoured (and coloured) horseradish. Real wasabi is made from the root of the wasabia japonica plant, which is the cause of that addictive burn.
3. According to The Peanut Institute, peanuts are not nuts, but are legumes. From the website: “Peanuts, along with beans and peas, belong to the single plant family, Leguminosae. Legumes are edible seeds enclosed in pods. As a group, they provide the best source of concentrated protein in the plant kingdom. While their physical structure and nutritional benefits more closely resemble that of other legumes, their use in diets and cuisines more closely resembles that of nuts.”
4. Did you know that there are many fruits that belong to the rose family? Apples, pears, cherries, plums, apricots, raspberries, strawberries and peaches all belong to the Rosaceae family.
5. Chocolate was once used as a currency. The Aztecs traded with the Mayans for cocoa beans, which were so coveted that they often these cocoa beans as money for trade.
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6. Tomato sauce, or ketchup, was used as medicine in the 1800s to cure diarrhoea and indigestion.
7. Enjoy a cup of tea early in the morning? Did you know that the first tea bag was created by accident? According to Time, “American tea importer, Thomas Sullivan, shipped out samples of his product in silk pouches in 1908, not intending his customers put them directly in the hot water that way, but some tried it and asked for more of the same.”
8. You have all of the ingredients to make diamonds in your pantry! Dan Frost from the Bayerisches Geoinstitut in Germany has successfully used peanut butter to create diamonds. The process is quite complex (and messy), so it’s best to consult the experts before you try this at home.
9. The popsicle, like the tea bag, was also invented by accident. In 1905, 11-year old Frank Epperson left a cup filled with powdered soda, water and a stirring stick on his family’s porch during the cold winter months in San Francisco. The cold overnight temperatures caused the liquid to freeze over and the “Epsicle”, know more commonly known as the popsicle, was born.
10. Baby carrots are a lie! Baby carrots are actually normal carrots, chopped and shaved to resemble smaller carrots. Usually baby carrots are made from those carrots that do not meet expectation (the imperfect carrots) which are then chopped and shaved and packaged for snacking.