Fun Friday Food Facts Vol. 11

Queen Victoria didn't hang around
02/10/2015 - 10:31
In the week that Jeremy Corbyn confirms he wouldn't push the nuclear button, we're pushing the button on this week's Friday Food Facts. Enjoy.

Queen Victoria would eat her food so fast that she could eat a 7 course dinner in 30 mins. Her dinner guest were always told to eat a dinner before arriving because they would not be able to keep up with QV’s pace; as when she had finished each course, the plates would have to be taken away whether you had finished yours or not.

The red juice that comes out of rare steak is not blood – it is myglobin a close relative of blood. Almost all of the blood has been removed from a steak by the time it hits the market

Wild chickens naturally produce only about 15 eggs a year, but farmers have bred domesticated chickens to lay up to 200 or 300 eggs per annum.

Only one ingredient in a food/ready meal has to be ‘organic’ for the entire product to be classed as ‘organic’ on the packaging.

Casu Marzu is a cheese found in Sardinia that is purposely infested with maggots. Why would you want flies to lay eggs in your cheese? Well, the eggs hatch to become maggots and these larval flies eat the cheese, leaving behind excretions of pre-digested fats, proteins, and sugars. Basically, the larvae are fermenting the cheese to an extreme degree.

Why does father christmas wear red and white? Believe it or not, present-day Santa owes his red robe not to an ancient legend or to an early myth but to the Coca Cola Company. A long time ago Father Christmas was shown in clothes of different colours: green, purple, light-blue, navy blue, brown or red.

At one point during WWII the Nazis plotted to assassinate Winston Churchill with an exploding bar of chocolate

A bar of Cadburys Dairy Milk chocolate is sold every two seconds, which is enough each year, to cover every Premier League and Football League pitch five times over.

China consumes more wine than any other country, overtaking France in 2013 by drinking 1.39bn litres. Chinese drinkers prefer red, because the colour is considered lucky in their culture.

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