10 Incredible Food Facts
Food is one thing that we interact with daily, perhaps more frequently than anything else. There are also some very obscure as well as fascinating facts about food that we may not be too aware of. Presented here are 10 such amazing food facts.
The Fact: Coconut water can be used as a substitute for blood plasma during emergency situations
Coconut water is the water that is found in coconuts and is not to be confused with coconut milk, which is derived from the coconut flesh. Coconut water is actually liquid endosperm, which surrounds the embryo and provides nutrition. The reason it can be used in place of blood plasma is that it is sterile with a pH level that is just ideal.
Food Fact: Peanuts can be used to make dynamite
Processing of peanut oil produces glycerol from which is derived nitroglycerin, one of the constituents of dynamite. However, it’s worth noting that there are other ways to make dynamite that does not require peanuts at all.
Food Fact: Dissolved fish is used to make Worcestershire sauce
The popular English sauce, the Worcestershire sauce, is made from dissolved anchovies. The method followed is to soak the anchovies in vinegar until they have completely dissolved, including the bones. So the sauce will contain the bones and all.
Food Fact: An 11 year discovered the Popsicle, who had kept it a secret for 18 years
It was Frank Epperson who left a mixture of powdered soda and water out on the porch containing a stir stick. It was in 1905 and temperatures in San Francisco that night reached record low levels. The next morning, he discovered that it had frozen to the stir stick, creating a fruit flavored ice treat that he had named the epsicle. He patented it and called it the Popsicle 18 years later.
The Fact: Refried beans are fried only once
A translation error is at the root of this misconception. The originals are frijoles refritos, meaning ‘well fried beans’ – and not re-fried.
Food Fact: Camel roast is the largest food item to feature on a menu
It begins with stuffing the camel with a sheep’s carcass, which is stuffed with chickens, which are stuffed with fish, and which in turn, are stuffed with eggs. This feast often feature in Bedouin weddings.
Fact Fact: The accidental melting of a chocolate bar in someone’s pocket led to the discovery of Microwave cooking
Its something that is both true and scary, if you take into account that the legs too were exposed to the rays that melted the chocolate. It happened to Percy LeBaron Spencer of the Raytheon Company who was walking past a radar tube when he discovered the chocolate bar in his pocket to melt. It was popcorn that he tried with next, after having turned up the power and surely standing away from the beam this time. The popcorn that he had held in front of the tube quickly popped all over the room. Obviously he is credited with having invented the Microwave oven.
Food Fact: Civet poop is the source of the most expensive coffee in the world
Civet is a cat-sized mammal and it is from its poo that the Kopi Luwak coffee bean comes from. Civets will gorge on only the finest ripe berries, and excrete the partially digested beans, which are then harvested for sale. Kopi Luwak is the most expensive coffee in the world that sells for about $120 to $600 USD per pound. Its traditional market is Japan and the United States, though it is increasingly becoming acceptable elsewhere. However, what most are perhaps curious to know is who or how was it ever discovered that it tasted so good?
Food Fact: Hippopotamus soup is the first soup ever to be made
Earliest archeological evidence suggests the consumption of soup to date back to 6000 BC and it was made of hippopotamus!
Food Fact: It is allowed by the FDA to sell bugs and rodent hair for consumption
As per regulations laid down by the FDA, an average of 30 or more insect fragments and one or more rodent hairs is permissible per 100 grams of peanut butter. Stuff to make you think twice before buying your next jar.