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„Now you don’t have to freak out when you take a bite into the sticker. Let us be clear about this fact, just because the stickers are non-toxic and edible, doesn’t mean you should eat them.“

Lorcan Fearon und sein Team von CDA haben ein paar interessante bis skurrile Fakten rund ums Essen gesammelt. Auch wenn ich die grafische Aufbereitung jetzt nicht gänzlich abfeiere, sind da doch ein paar Sachen dabei, von denen ich so noch nicht wusste – und jetzt natürlich gar nicht mehr erahnen kann, wie ich ohne das Wissen um sie überhaupt leben konnte…

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„I bet that you didn’t know this one. This fact tends to only be known by botanists who apparently get their kicks from misleading the public. Bananas, cucumbers, kiwis are all classed as berries. Strawberries, blackberries and raspberries are not. And now you will question everything you thought you knew.“

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„If you messed up the mushrooms for dinner, there’s no excuse to hide behind now. There’s a special polymer in the cell walls of mushrooms that ensure a tender taste. If you manage to overcook mushrooms, we regret to inform you that you’re just an exceptionally bad cook!“

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„Nutella has become such a popular brand that 1 in 4 of every hazelnut on this planet makes its way into those jars of heavenly goodness. The demand for hazelnuts has grown so much that universities are trying to grow them in labs to fight against global shortages.“

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„A hard one to wrap your head around. Before 2011, beer and any alcoholic beverage under 10% ABV was classified as a soft drink. It probably goes without saying that this couldn’t go on forever and Russia introduced legislation to control and limit the sale of beer to combat the issues of underage drinking and health.“

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„Definitely one of the more surprising facts in this series, the most stolen food in the world is in fact cheese. Around 4% of ALL the cheese made in the world gets stolen. There’s even a black market of stolen cheeses, but we didn’t tell you that.“

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„That’s right, think about that next time you go to swat a fly. Well, actually there’s a certain species of microscopic midge that is essential to the pollination of the cacao plant and makes chocolate possible. Still, we’ll never hurt a fly again.“

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„You may have known this one already, but it’s not as gross as it sounds. The large surface area of McDonald’s burgers means that the burger loses its moisture very quickly. Moisture is required for mould to grow. It’s by this method that beef jerky is made. It’s still disturbing, though.“

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„This was the conclusion from an experiment done in France. The reason for the experiment was to see how our surroundings affect our drinking habits and to encourage bar-owners to think about how the atmosphere at their watering hole could be leading to excessive drinking.“

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„An old method called ‚rhubarb forcing‘ involves putting your rhubarb in a dark shed, tricking it into thinking that it’s spring. This will cause the rhubarb to grow unnaturally large at an unnaturally fast pace. So fast that you can hear the rhubarb popping as it grows.“

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„Such is the crazy nature of life that the foods that people pay hand over fist for in restaurants used to be considered barely worthy of human consumption. Lobsters are quite literally sea insects that were a hard sale back in the day. They used to be chucked back in the sea or given to servants. There used to be a law on how much lobster you could serve a prisoner as too much was considered to be cruel. How things have changed.“

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„The sandwich has come to be one of those inventions that shows humans are a smart and savvy species. It’s one of those foods that make you think why haven’t they been doing this since forever? The story behind its invention is that the Earl of Sandwich, John Montagu, was on a 24-hour gambling streak. He wanted to eat but didn’t want to put the cards down and out of this the sandwich was born. Did the Earl make it? Did one of his staff? We may never know.“

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„Pepper is literally everywhere now but that hasn’t always been the case. Granted, living past the age of 30 was a luxury in the Middle Ages but so was the spice that we all use so freely now. It was so expensive in fact, that Portugal’s Vasco de Gama became the first man to sail around Africa to get to India. His mission? To look for spices.“

Weitere skurrile Food-Fakten sowie die ausführlichen Erläuterungen zu den Motiven könnt ihr hier einsehen.

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