Peanuts are not actually nuts (and other interesting food facts)

Take a moment to read through the following food facts we learned and share them with your family around the dinner table.

“A cluster of bananas is called a hand and a single banana is called a finger.”

  1. A baker’s dozen is 13, not 12. The origins of this term are disputed, but one theory is that in times when bread was sold by weight, bakers who short-weighted their customers were heavily fined. To prevent this fine, a baker would sell 13 loaves for the price of 12.
  2. To speed up the ripening process of a pineapple, turn it upside down on its leafy end.
  3. Fugu (or puffer fish) is 1 200 times deadlier than cyanide and can kill you if improperly prepared.
  4. Pound cake got its name from its original recipe, which called for a pound each of butter, eggs, sugar and flour.
  5. Milt, which is a delicacy around the world, is fish sperm.
  6. Globally, McDonald’s sells 75 hamburgers every second of every day.
  7. Ketchup was used as a medicine in the 1800’s to treat diarrhoea, among other things.
  8. If you put lemons and limes in water, lemons will float and limes will sink. Why? Lemons have around the same density as water (0.99) and they have pores all over their rind, resulting in tiny air pockets on the surface causing them to float. Limes, on the other hand, are denser than water, so naturally, they sink.
  9. If you want to test the quality of your eggs, put them in water. Fresh eggs sink in water and rotten eggs will float.
  10. The quinine in tonic water causes it to glow blue under a UV light.
  11. Peanuts aren’t nuts, they’re legumes (other legumes include chickpeas, lentils and beans).
  12. Eating bananas can help fight depression.
  13. The word “SPAM” is short for spiced ham.
  14. Apples float in water because 25% of their volume is comprised of air.
  15. Cucumber is 96% water and great for dehydration and hangovers.
  16. Shellac (the polish that makes your nails glossy) is also used to make jelly beans shiny!
  17. There are 7 500 varieties of apples grown throughout the world. If you tried a new variety each day, it would take you 20 years to try them all.
  18. Swallowing one teaspoon of dry sugar can cure hiccups – try it out!
  19. Onion is Latin for “large pearl”.
  20. A cluster of bananas is called a hand and a single banana is called a finger.
  21. The world’s oldest chocolate is over 106 years old and was a gift during the coronation of King Edward VII in 1902.
  22. Vinegar causes pearls to disintegrate.
  23. Raw oysters are considered to be an aphrodisiac.
  24. Chicken soup was also considered an aphrodisiac in the Middle Ages (5th to 15th century)
  25. Honey can last for 3 000 years.
  26. The number of jars of Nutella sold in a year could cover The Great Wall of China eight times. That’s 21.19618 million metres.
  27. The word “cutlery” comes from the Old French “coutelier” meaning sharp knife.
  28. Ancient carrots were purple.
  29. Over 300 000 deaths per year are caused by poor nutrition and a lack of physical activity



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