Just when you thought you knew everything about food, we blow your mind with some awesome food facts we bet you haven’t heard of yet.
1. The Story of Peanuts and Dynamite
Peanuts can be used to make Dynamite. Yep! Now take a step back from your Peanut Butter sandwich…
How this is possible you ask? Easy! Dynamite consists of 3 parts nitroglycerine and one part stabilizer. Nitroglycerine is an explosive liquid made by nitrating glycerol. And glycerol is made of no other than peanut oil, which, of course, is made of peanuts! This explains why some Thai dishes, especially our all-time favourite Pad Thai, are absolutely mind-blowing!
2. Coconut Water to the Rescue
Turns out that they are not just delicious and make us feel like we are chilling out on a deserted tropical island, but they are also real lifesavers!
Their water has traditionally been used as a substitute for blood plasma when commercial solutions of plasma were not available, for example during World War II in the South Pacific region. So if you are ever stranded on a tropical island, you cannot only hang out in the sun drinking coconut milk, but also use them as a little first aid pack. Cool stuff!
3.Potatoes – The First Vegetable to be Grown in Space
Yes, we know that potatoes are pretty awesome in general but the fact that they made it to space almost 20 years ago takes their awesomeness to a completely new level.
The potato made history in October 1995, when it became the first vegetable to be grown in space. NASA aimed to develop a super-potato to feed astronauts on their long space voyages and eventually feed future space colonies! We are counting the days until we can all hang out in one of the space colonies enjoying some super-potatoes – this makes the future look pretty amazing!
4.The Fortune Cookie –American Through and Through
Even today, the history of the fortune cookie remains mysterious and full of speculations.
But one thing we can be sure about, our delicious fortune cookies are American through and through- not Chinese! The fortune cookie only arrived in China after World War II and has been part of the Chinese cuisine ever since. True story!
5.Dinner Actually Means Breakfast
Are you one of those people that just can’t start a day without having breakfast? The more the better and the longer the better? Good news! You are probably already having two breakfasts a day without even knowing.
And here is why: the English word “dinner” comes from the French word “disnar”, which actually means breakfast. Traditionally, “disnar” was the first meal of the day, eaten around noon. It also used to be the biggest meal of the day, with a lighter meal coming later in the day, known as supper. Eventually, people began to have more meals every day and soon started to have meals before their “disnar”. What used to be eaten as first meal in the morning soon became the last meal of the day and this is how breakfast became dinner.