A potpourri of Fun Food Facts…

February 23, 2011 | By andrea | Filed in: From My Bookshelf, Fun Food Facts.

Because trivial facts and information can be a great addition to any conversation, here’s some frivolous knowledge that will certainly impress your friends:

  • The ancient Romans often paid their taxes in honey.
  • Pound cake received its name from the one-pound quantities of the main ingredients — sugar, butter, eggs, and flour — used in the original recipe.
  • Almonds are members of the peach family.
  • The largest fruit crop on earth is grapes — followed by bananas.
  • Pepper is the top-selling spice in the world. The second is mustard.
  • In 1867, Napoleon III commanded chemists to produce a special kind of food for the army and navy. It was margarine.
  • A can of Spam is opened every four seconds.
  • It takes seventy-five thousand crocus flowers to produce one pound of saffron — which is why it is the most expensive spice in the world.
  • Wild rice is not rice but a coarse annual grass that grows in shallow water or marshland.

-from The Ultimate Book of Useless Information by Noel Botham & The Useless Information Society

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One comment on “A potpourri of Fun Food Facts…

  1. How very interesting! That’s rather disturbing that a can of spam is opened every 4 seconds.

    I never knew that about wild rice either. Just figured it was a different variety.

    You really do learn something new every day!