Fun Food Facts

Posted by on April 4, 2012 in Food Facts

Here’s some trivia on some of your favorite facts:

  • Technically, green peppers, zucchini, cucumbers, and tomatoes are all fruits. But don’t try telling that to the U.S. Supreme Court. Per the 1893 case Nix v. Hedden, the court decided tomatoes were veggies and therefore subject to the vegetable tariff. The Supreme Court’s reasoning? Tomatoes have to be vegetables because they’re usually served with dinner, not dessert.
  • Brown-shelled chicken eggs are identical to white-shelled chicken eggs in both content and nutrition.
  • While its popularity in America is fairly recent, margarine dates back to 1860s France, when Emperor Louis Napoleon III offered a prize to anyone who could design a cheap butter substitute.
  • The fortune cookie was invented in the early 20th century by Makato Hagiwara, who designed the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. He intended the cookie to be a snack for people walking through the garden.
  • Invented in the 1940s in Tennessee, Mountain Dew was meant to be mixed with whiskey. In fact, its bottles were designed to look like moonshine, and the original Mountain Dew labels featured outhouses, stills, and hay-chewing yokels.
  • At Fatburger, you can order a ‘Hypocrite’ –- a veggie burger topped with crispy strips of bacon.
  • Whiskey is clear when it is first distilled. It gets it’s color and much of it’s taste from the oak barrels in which it is aged.
  • You won’t find pincers at the Egremont Crab Fair held in Cumbria, England. That’s because the Fall event actually celebrates apples.
  • Kool-Aid was originally marketed as “Fruit Smack.”
  • Whether you call it “pop” or “soda,” the first diet version commercially available was No-Cal, a sugar-free ginger ale introduced in 1952 by the Kirsch Beverage Company.
  • Artificial color additives are prohibited by law, so many farmers add marigold petals to their chicken feed as a natural color enhancer to give their egg yolks that sunny, yellow hue.