Fun Friday Food Facts 2017 Vol. 36

15/09/2017 - 10:18
What better way to see in the weekend than with some yummy, scrummy fun Friday food facts...
  • The strongest drink in the world sold commercially is Spirytus from Poland. A vodka-style drink made from grain, it is 96% abv (alcohol by volume) – nearly two and half times as strong as whisky.
  • Red and yellow are used predominately by fast food companies, why is this? Well, the colour red triggers stimulation, appetite, hunger - it attracts attention.  Yellow triggers the feelings of happiness and friendliness.
  • Pasta was an intricate part of television's very first April Fool's Day hoax. Back on April 1, 1957, the BBC aired a faux documentary claiming that spaghetti grew on trees - a whopper that millions of gullible British viewers swallowed hook, line and sinker when they saw bogus footage of women harvesting noodles from spaghetti trees in Switzerland
  • Thousands of potato lovers descended on Barnesville, Minnesota, last month to experience two days of tata-related fun. Central to the event is the potato wrestling, when participants are placed in a ring filled with mashed potato which they then have to wrestle in.
  • Tasty AND practical, Jack Daniels is in a square bottle so that it doesn't roll about and smash when being transported (and to help it stand out from other bourbon bottles.)
  • Castoreum, which is used as vanilla flavouring in candies, baked goods etc, is actually a secretion from the anal glands of beavers.
  • If you plan on making Egg Nog this Christmas, go easy on the nutmeg sprinkle. Four or more teaspoons of the stuff can cause mild hallucinations and your limbs to warm without warning…The come down? Chances of nausea, dizziness and difficulty urinating, but don't worry - it's only in extreme cases.
  • Cashews grow on fruit - another sneaky "supposed-nut", but these grow on what’s aptly called a “cashew apple” on cashew trees. The apple is also edible, but the thin skin makes them difficult to transport so it’s usually just the pulp that gets used in juices and curries.
  • A pineapple is classified as a multiple fruit. It forms from a cluster of flowers; each flower forms a berry, and all the berries together are compressed into a single fruit.

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