Many people believe that love makes the world go round, but foodies will tell you otherwise. A common denominator among people all over the world is that good food is virtually sacred. You & I went out and discovered some lesser-known yet interesting food facts. Some of them will surprise you, and some might even be so hard to believe that you’ll be tempted to go out and check them yourself. But trust us they’re all true!
Did you know?
- Apples are 25% air. Doubt us? Put an apple in water and see if it ever sinks. Not only that, but there are more than a thousand different types.
- Caffeine may be the world’s favourite pick-me-up, but apples are actually more effective. It’s the fructose that gets you up and at ‘em, and they’re healthier than coffee.
- Apples, onions and potatoes taste pretty much the same. Only our noses say otherwise. So give your olfactory sense some more credit!
- Speaking of potatoes, they were the first food to be grown in outer space. Norland potatoes that spent five days in orbit sprouted, much to the amazement of us earthbound humans.
- Because of their vitamin C content, potatoes were highly valued during the Klondike Gold Rush; so valuable that they were traded for gold. Times certainly have changed.
- Before the 17th century, most carrots were purple. These varieties can still be found (rarely), but their flavour is far more subtle compared to their orange cousins.
- The number of rows in an ear corn will always be even, and every row will have the same number of kernels (assuming it’s not been genetically modified). Symmetry is quite the
phenomenon of nature.
- Eggplants have been masquerading as vegetables, when in fact they are actually fruits. More specifically, they’re berries. So are avocados, chilli peppers and pumpkins.
- Honey is the only food that never goes bad, which is why the ancient Egyptians used it to embalm corpses and kept some as food inside the tomb.
- Easy though it is to gulp down deliciously sweet honey, it takes 12 bees to make just one teaspoon. A kilo might seem like a lot, but it’s nothing compared to the four million flowers from
which bees get the nectar.
- Lemons are citric, but their sugar content is higher than that of strawberries. The strawberries have the last laugh, though – they’ve actually got more vitamin C than oranges do. Oranges cope with this by having natural alcohol content, thanks to the yeast in the fruit undergoing fermentation.
- Peanuts are a dynamite snack to go with beer, but they’re also actual dynamite. Peanut oil is used to make glycerol, which in turn forms a major component of nitro-glycerine (found in dynamite).
- Most fast food items and eateries use red and/or yellow in their branding and packaging because the human brain associates these colours with hunger.
- Peach pits have seeds inside. The laetrile in these seeds is used to make anti-cancer drugs.
Genetically speaking, bananas are all identical. The banana tree is a plant we’ve been cloning for many decades.
- We all know oregano goes well on pizza and pasta, but how about this: it’s also got more antioxidants than blueberries.
- Garlic lends a lovely and pungent flavour to any dish, but it can cause burns. Yes, medical-grade burns!
- Nothing like a tall glass of coconut water during the summer, especially while in hospital. Wait, what? Similar to blood plasma, it can be and has been used as a substitute for an intravenous drip.
- Want a crazy ball? You know, the kind that bounces like a lunatic? If you can’t find one, try a ripened cranberry. How do you know it’s ripe? Only one way to find out…