I love finding random Food Facts! I swear it even makes my grocery shopping more interesting. So here are some that you might not know!
- Apples, pears, cherries, plums and strawberries belong to the rose family. See my post regarding the fact that bananas are considered berries. (whaaaat??!)
- Pound cake got its name from its original recipe, which called for a pound each of butter, eggs, sugar, and flour.
- Store bought 100% “real” orange juice is 100% artificially flavored.
- Chocolate was once used as currency. (Of course! I bribe my kids with it all the time.)
- A Cinnabon® Classic has less sugar than a 20-oz. bottle of Pepsi. (I am still going to eat them, Yum!)
- Humans are born craving sugar. (I still blame my mother for my beyond normal sweet tooth.)
- Peanuts aren’t nuts, they’re legumes. Which basically means they are beans! (Think of that when you’re at the ballpark next!)
- Yams and sweet potatoes are not the same thing.
- Chuck E. Cheese pizza restaurants were created by the inventor of the Atari video game system, Nolan Bushnell. (This has me rethinking my childhood, I was always obsessed with both! And kinda still am.)
- Apples float in water, because 25% of their volume is made of air. ( I knew it! Bobbing for apples is fixed!!)
- The popsicle was invented by an 11-year-old in 1905. (Yeah!…Because kids are brilliant!)
- One of the most hydrating foods to eat is the cucumber, which is 96% water.
- There are 7,500 varieties of apples grown throughout the world, and if you tried a new variety each day, it would take you 20 years to try them all. (Mind Blown)
- Ketchup was sold in the 1830’s as medicine. (If prescribed with French fries, it almost makes everything better.)
- Dry swallowing one teaspoon of sugar can commonly cure hic-ups. (So gonna try this!)
- In Kentucky, it is illegal to carry an ice cream cone in your back pocket. (Uhmmm……..???)
- The fear of cooking is known as Mageirocophobia and is a recognized phobia. (I wonder what the fear of washing dishes is called?)
- Every time you lick a stamp, you consume 1/10 of a calorie. (This is why, I love email. I’m not wasting my calories!)
- The ’57’ on the Heinz ketchup bottle represents the number of pickle types the company once had. (57 types of pickles? Really?)
- Worker Honeybees must visit 2 million flowers to make one pound of honey. (Yet they always manage to sting me when they are supposed to be working.)
- In the United States, lettuce is the second most popular fresh vegetable.
- Grape growing is the largest food industry in the world as there are more than 60 species and 8000 varieties of grapes. (Because WINE is so important!)
- The average person eats eight pounds of grapes each year. (How many do we drink?)
- When cranberries are ripe, they bounce like a rubber ball. (My boys must not learn this. But I however, am totally going to try it!)
- There are more than 10,000 varieties of tomatoes.
- In 2001, there were more than 300 banana-related accidents in Britain, most involving people slipping on skins. (And here I thought this only happened in cartoons.)
- If you want to speed up the ripening of a pineapple, so that you can eat it faster, then you can do it by standing it upside down (on the leafy end). (I tried this, but I had to prop it up with almost everything in my kitchen, pineapples do not care to be turned upside down.)
- A watermelon is over 92% water by weight.
- A row of corn always has an even number. (Of course I had to check, it’s true! Though people did look at me funny in the grocery store.)
- 16 billion jelly beans are made for Easter. stacked end to end, the jelly beans would circle the globe nearly 3 times! (If someone actually does this, I call dibs on Missouri!)
- Egg yolks are one of the few foods that naturally contain Vitamin D.
- Frank Mars invented the Snickers chocolate bar. He named it Snickers after his favorite horse. (So glad his horse wasn’t named Daisy or Billy Bob, that would have just been weird.)
- The M’s in M & M’s stand for ‘Mars & Murrie’, the co-creators of the candy.
- Twinkies originally had banana flavored filling, but switched to vanilla when World War 2 bought the banana trade to a halt.
- The pumpkin originated in Mexico about 9,000 years ago.
Well there you go!
Enjoy your day!