The tangerine is named for Tangiers, a port in Morocco. The fruit was once referred to as "the kid-glove orange" because its skin slipped off as easily as a glove and had the feel of fine leather.
There are more than 15,000 different varieties of rice.
The biggest fear of chefs who cook for world leaders is food poisoning. Many cook for as many as 5,500 guests at a time. Sudhir Sibal, a devoted world-class chef who serves India's prime minister, says he personally samples all food first before it is served.
Of all the major brewing nations, England remains the only one in which ale is the primary beer consumed. This is in contrast to lager, which is the world's overall dominant beer style
In 1984, Britons ate 41 pounds of beef per person per year, according to the Meat & Livestock Commission. By 1994, the figure dropped to 35 pounds. In March 1996, "Mad Cow Disease" in Britain lowered the consumption figure even more, although many Britons continued to eat roast beef despite the food scare
The Black Mission fig, the most popular variety of fig growing in desert areas, is so named because of its color and because it was the variety introduced at the California and Southwestern Spanish missions.
Of all the potatoes grown in the United States, only 8 percent are used to make potato chips. Special varieties referred to as "chipping potatoes" are grown for this purpose.
In 4000 B.C., Egyptians discovered yeast's leavening abilities and turned out more than 40 types of bread.
Official FDA guidelines allow whole pepper to be sold with up to 1 percent of the volume made up of rodent droppings.
Often a child’s first solid food, one of every 11 boxes of cereal sold in the U.S. is Cheerios.
The Caesar salad is not named after Julius Caesar. It is named for its creator, Caesar Cardini, who first prepared the salad in his Caesar's Palace Restaurant in Tijuana, Mexico.
There are more 25,000 McDonald's restaurants in over 115 countries. McDonald's has actually been remarkably responsive to the local cultures: they offer "ayran" (a popular chilled yogurt drink) in Turkey; McLaks (a grilled salmon sandwich) in Norway, and teriyaki burgers in Japan. In New Delhi, India, where Hindus shun beef and Muslims refuse pork, the burgers are made of mutton and called Maharaja Macs. And if you're vegetarian, as many strict Hindus are, there's the McAloo Tikki burger, a spicy vegetarian patty made of potatoes and peas.
The black seeds found inside a papaya are edible and have a spicy, pepper-like flavor.
There are many different ways to satisfy one's sweet tooth when traveling abroad. Rosewater, used in India to flavor dumplings and custards, adds a perfumelike scent and flavor to food. Travel Holiday magazine claims rosewater tastes better than the Indian puddings, or kheers, that come in unusual dessert flavors as vermicelli. Cakes, cookies, and doughnuts in Korea and Japan are often filled with bean paste, which is remarkably sweet.
There are 17 recognized species of walnuts — all are edible. “Persians” are considered the most tasty.
In a traditional French restaurant kitchen, a "garde-manger" is responsible for salads.
In a single production shift, 30 miles of string is used on the Barnum's packages, which runs into 8,000 miles of string per year. As many as 25,000 cartons and 500,000 animals are produced per hour in the Nabisco bakeries.
There are more than 2,500 mushroom varieties grown in the world today.
The Campbell Soup Company uses more than 44 billion stars each year in its canned Chicken & Stars Soup. In three years, Campbell's produces more tiny pasta stars than there are in the Milky Way.
Okonomiyaki is considered to be Japan's answer to pizza. It consists of a potpourri of grilled vegetables, noodles, and meat or seafood, between two pancake-like layers of fried batter.
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