We all love tasty food, but have you ever considered if what you eat has a story? Without destroying your love of chocolate, here are 16 fun food facts to consider when chomping on your favourite snack. Don’t worry; we left the gross ones out.
Chocolate was used as currency
This is not surprising, at all. Back in the day chocolate was so valuable that the Mayans used it as a currency to trade with the Aztecs for goods. Today, cacao bean stocks are considered a worthwhile investment, so its clear that chocolate remains a valuable commodity!
Vanilla pods are actually from Orchids
Madagascar is renowned for supplying vanilla, but did you know vanilla pods are actually the seed pods of the Vanilla planifolia orchid?
Nutmeg can get you high
Looking for a buzz? How about nutmeg. This favourite cooking spice contains Myristicin, which has mind-altering effects that can last up to a day. Remember that the next time you are cooking for your kids…
Poppy seeds can cause you to test positive for opiates
Poppy seeds, if consumed 12 to 24 hours before a drug test can cause a positive result for morphine.
Cucumbers are 96 % water, making it a great hydration (or hangover) snack.
Watermelons are 92 % water, also great for “hydration”.
Lemons float and limes sink
Limes do eventually turn yellow as they ripen, which can make it difficult to tell lemons and limes apart come cocktail hour. Grab a bowl of water and put them to the test, the lemons will float, and limes will sink.
Cat poop coffee
Kopi Luwak is the most expensive coffee in the world, and its pooped out by the palm civet. Okay, we’ll clarify. The beans grow like normal, but are then eaten and digested by the Luwaks. Their faeces are collected, processed and sold, to you, the discerning customer.
Chocolate helps depression
But only the dark kind. Dark chocolate helps to release serotonin, our happy hormone, giving you a great excuse to tuck in.
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Vinegar melts pearls
The story goes that to win a bet with Mark Anthony, Cleopatra dissolved and drank a pearl in vinegar. There have been a few arguments about vinegars ability to dissolve pearls and it turns out its true.
The first food microwaved was popcorn
Pretty standard, and still a much-loved snack today. The second was an egg, which exploded in the experimenter’s face. To this day people are still experimenting with microwaving eggs, and to this day they still explode. Don’t you learn?
Water doesn’t expire
The expiration date on bottled water is for the bottle, not the contents. It wasn’t long ago that there were warnings about reusing plastic water bottles, and it’s true. After a time, the plastic will start to leach chemical compounds into the contents. Now, that’s a good enough reason to use glass.
Himalayan salt expiration
We’ve all heard the joke about the 250-million-year-old salt expiring in 6 months time. As with the water bottle, the expiration is for the container.
The fear of getting peanut butter stuck to the roof of your mouth. We pity Arachibutyrophobians the world over.
Cheese is the most stolen food in the world
That’s right! Cheese is the most nicked produce globally, and it’s no wonder, who could get enough of its dairy yumminess?
Worcester sauce is made from dissolved anchovies
Among other ingredients the original recipes contain dissolved anchovies. News for vegetarians who didn’t bother to read the label. Not to worry, there is a vegan version available now!