Aside from fame and fortune, there’s another “f” that we need in this world. That f word is “food.” In the past, food would only be consumed as a necessity. Hunters and gatherers would go to extreme lengths just to provide adequate meals for their communities that needed to last for days.
Due to science and knowledge, man has been able to develop countless ways of getting food. Now that food is easy to get, a lot of people take food for granted. The reality is, there’s still food shortages all over the world. These food shortages are enough to cause widespread famine. With that said, we should respect food and the ones who prepare and make it. We should savor and not be wasteful with what we eat.
Without food, life would cease to exist. To celebrate the importance of food, here are five interesting facts about the food that you need to know about:
Just like Crab
In Cambodia and other Asian countries, many people consider large, hairy, tarantulas a delicacy. These arachnids are often grilled in an open flame or coated with a batter and deep-fried to perfection. One of the crazy fun facts about this exotic cuisine is that foreigners trying deep-fried tarantulas say it tastes like crabs.
The taste could be attributed to the fact that both crabs and tarantulas are classified as arthropods. Other arthropods that most people eat are lobsters, shrimps, and crayfish. Although they are grouped together, tarantulas are more closely related to scorpions, ticks, and mites.
Just like… Squid
Tuna is one of the most popular fish in the world. However, no other country shows its love for tuna than Japan. In fact, Japan has one of the most competitive tuna markets in the world. In 2013, a tuna was sold for $3.1m in Japan.
With that said, you can really say that the Japanese really, really love their tuna. They love tuna so much, that when they eat the fish, little goes to waste. Even eyes are consumed in the country, and many people love tuna eyes. Those who enjoy tuna eyes say that it tastes just like fresh squid.
French Fries Were Never French
Almost every fast-food chain has french fries up on their regular menu. French fries are popular all over the world. No matter where you go, these fried potato sticks are there. When one thinks about the origins of this fast-food favorite, one would think that french fries came from France.
In reality, french fries were named french fries during World War I by American soldiers stationed in Belgium. One of the most spoken languages in Belgium was french. And because Belgian servers who spoke in french would often serve these fried delicacies, Americans named these potato sticks “french fries.” Since then, the name stuck, and we’re now eating french fries all over the world.
Aside from being dubbed as “Liquid Gold,” honey is also known as the “Food of the Gods.” High-quality honey is so expensive as it’s labor-intensive, seasonal, and takes a long time to make. Honey is the byproduct of an important process called pollination. Without the help of bees and other pollinating animals, the world and life itself would stop dead in its tracks.
Honey is a natural organic substance that has a lot of benefits for those who consume it. Honey has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antifungal properties, making it a healthy alternative for sweeteners. Combine these properties with proper storing methods; honey will never spoil.
Dead or Alive
When eating oysters, you should be glad that it’s still alive. That’s because oysters carry a lot of bacteria when they’re dead. You could get a lot of nasty illnesses from eating dead oysters such as botulism and diarrhea.
Food is one of the most important things in the world. Without food, life would cease to exist. The facts mentioned above are some of the most interesting facts about food that we should know about.