Running out of things to ponder about? Here are some more strange food facts that you will surely find interesting. Enjoy!
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Chocolate grows on trees.
Here’s an interesting fact for all chocolate lovers. Unlike most trees, the fruit of the Cacao tree grows directly from its trunk. Uncultivated cacao fruit looks a lot like small melons, and each contains 30 to 50 beans. These beans are used to make chocolate. It takes around 500 beans to make a single pound of chocolate.
Beat the spice with some milk.
Are you a fan of spicy food? Do you love the way you sweat, and how your tongue burns once you ingest that bowl of hot chili? Spicy food, especially chili peppers, are great sources of calcium and potassium. However, eating spicy food is not everyone’s cup of tea. This is because a lot of people believe that this strange food causes stomach ulcers, which is untrue. In fact, ingesting spicy food can help heal ulcers because it stimulates the creation of mucosa. Pyrogourmaniacs are people who love spicy food.
Anyway, if you ever come across spicy food that you cannot handle, all you have to do is to drink milk. Capsaicin, the active component responsible for making chili ‘hot’ can be neutralized by casein, the main protein found in milk.
This is the strangest that strange food can be!
If you get to travel to Scotland, don’t forget to try their national dish. Haggis, is a type of sausage. Now, this in itself doesn’t sound so alarming, but wait until you find out about what it is made of.
Haggis is made from the heart, liver, lungs, and intestine of an animal—usually a calf or a sheep. After being combined, it is then seasoned with onions, salt, pepper, suet, oatmeal, and other spices. These are then stuffed into the stomach of the animal. Finally, the whole thing is cooked with care as it has a tendency to ‘explode’ if overcooked. Talk about strange food, indeed.
Although found throughout Scotland all year round, haggis is especially served during Burns Night. This is when the country commemorates the life and work of beloved Scottish poet, Robert Burns.
The most popular drink in the US is not what you expected.
Although Brazil is the largest producer of coffee, the USA is the largest consumer of coffee in the world. In fact, the country imports around 20 million bags annually. This represents almost one-third of all coffee exported to the whole world! The typical American coffee drinker will have an average of 3 cups of coffee per day. That translates to nearly 500,000,000 cups of coffee daily!
Would you give up an arm and a leg for mushrooms?
Admit it. When the subject of ‘the most expensive things’ in the world comes up, mushrooms are the last thing that would ever cross your mind. Truffles are edible fungi that grow underground. How can a parasitic organism that lives off of dead trees turn into one of the most coveted and posh ingredients? Truffles are quite rare and difficult to find. It’s distinct taste and unique aroma makes it one of the most popular ingredients in high-end cuisine. Black truffles can cost around $95 per ounce, while the rarer white truffles can cost around $170 per ounce.
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