No matter how old you are or where you are from, food is one thing that brings us together. Human beings all over the world need to eat even though the way that we grow and cook our food varies from culture to culture.
Food is a fascinating subject and there are so many interesting things to learn about it. Here are some intriguing food facts which might surprise you:
- Did you know that the UK produces more types of cheese than
France? There are over 700 named varieties of cheese produced in the UK. However,
when it comes to the amount of cheese consumed per person, France is still
- Although they don’t taste like it, can you believe that lemons actually contain more sugar than strawberries?
- The country in the world that eats the most chocolate is Switzerland. The people there eat an average of 10 kilos of chocolate per person per year.
- The largest single source of vitamin C in the British diet is potatoes. There are 350 varieties of potatoes grown in the UK, each with a completely unique flavour.
- Did you know that the most expensive coffee in the world is made from poop? The Civet is a cat sized mammal which eats the finest ripe Kopi Luwak coffee beans and then excretes them partially digested. The droppings are harvested and then sold to make coffee. This very expensive coffee costs up to £400 per pound and is sold mainly in specialist grocery stores in Japan and the USA.
- What do you think is the largest single food item ever served? Perhaps it is the feast which is traditionally served at a Bedouin wedding? It consists of an entire camel, roasted and stuffed with the carcass of a sheep, which is then stuffed with chicken, which in turn are stuffed with fish, which are stuffed with eggs. It’s sort of a Russian-doll approach to cooking, I suppose.
- The earliest archaeological evidence that human beings ate soup dates back to 6000 BC. It was soup made from hippopotamus. Yum! You won’t find that at the grocery store today!
- Did you know that Worcestershire sauce, the traditional English condiment is made from dissolved anchovies? In order to make the sauce, anchovies are dissolved in vinegar until they are completely liquid including their bones.
- Rice is simple, cheap, easy to cook and goes with so many different types of food. Perhaps this is why it is the staple food for 50% of the population of the world.
- Despite the name, there is actually no butter in buttermilk.
- Although they look like nuts, almonds are actually a member of the peach family, believe it or not.
- Do you think you eat a lot? The average human being will consume 100 tons of food and over 12,000 gallons of water during their lifetime. That’s a lot of food!
- Produce growers in Japan have started to grow watermelons in square crates so that they will take on the square shape of the container. Why? Because square watermelons are easier to ship and to stack on the shelves at the supermarket.
- Did you know that a blue whale can survive for up to 6 months without food?
- There are more than 2,000 different varieties of apples grown in the UK, out of the 7,000 varieties of apples all over the world. The seasonal climate of Britain produces one of the greatest varieties of vegetables in the world.
- Coconut water is not only delicious and healthy; it can also be used in emergencies as a substitute for blood plasma because it is sterile and has the right PH level.
- Technically, a connected-together bunch of bananas like you buy at the grocery store is called a hand and each of the individual bananas is known as a finger.
These are just a few fun and amazing facts about foods that you might not have heard before. Food brings us all together and it is endlessly fascinating!
Charlotte loves blogging about Fashion, Food and Drink covering a range of topics from high-end fashion to milk&more online food delivery. She likes to shop, discovering products and eating healthily.