Fun Food Fact Friday

Food is such an amazingly vast topic, no one could ever stop learning about it. We thought we'd share the food knowledge by rounding up some fun facts. Enjoy! Nadia x

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  1. The original carrot was purple. All carrots used to be purple before the Dutch bred them to be orange (their national colour).
  2. ‘Soft drinks’ were so named because they didn’t contain any alcohol, which were the ‘hard drinks’.
  3. Why does asparagus make your pee smell? It’s a result of a sulphur-based natural chemical compound found in asparagus and how your body breaks it down. But the interesting thing is that while everyone’s pee smells after eating asparagus, not everyone can smell it.
  4. Peanuts are technically not nuts. They’re actually classified as a legume (what beans, peas and chickpeas are). This means they have higher protein content than other nuts and this is one of the reasons why they have a higher allergy rate than other nuts.
  5. In Mexico mushrooms are called ‘Carne de los muertos’ which translates as ‘flesh of the dead’. Creepy I know, but it’s kind of true….mushrooms grow, live and thrive off organic dead matter and are neither part of the animal kingdom nor plant kingdom, but one of their own (the fungi kingdom). They also like dark, cold, wet, shadowy places, like where you’d find dead things we guess!
  6. The most expensive coffee in the world comes from poop! In some Asian countries there is a species of animal called a civet (similar to a weasel) that eats coffee beans, digests them, then poops them out (naturally!). People then collect the poop and extract the partially-digested coffee beans to grind into a special type of coffee, often called ‘weasel coffee’. I had this in Vietnam and can vouch that it is really good.
  7. Re-fried beans are only fried once. The reason for the misconception was a translation error. The original name ‘frijoles refritos’ actually means “well-fried beans” not “re-fried beans”
  8. Worcestershire sauce is made from dissolved fish (anchovies)…the anchovies are soaked in vinegar until everything dissolves….I’m talking everything, like bones, head, eyes and all!
  9. The coconut tree is known as the ‘tree of life’ for various reasons including that coconut water (not to be confused with coconut milk) can actually be used as a substitute for blood plasma in emergency situations. This is because it is sterile and has an ideal pH level. So if you’re on a deserted island and someone needs a blood transfusion, you know what to do!
  10. In Latin, ‘onion’ translates as ‘large pearl’….I can kind of see why!

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