Do You Know Nutrition: A load of food trivia

By Phylis Canion
Feb. 18, 2014 at midnight
Updated Feb. 17, 2014 at 8:18 p.m.

Phylis Canion

Phylis Canion

I was just wondering if you can share some new food or food related trivia?

Ah, my weakness.

Did you know:

Redlove Era Apples are red to the core.

Carrots were originally purple. The Dutch monarch planted carrot seeds together until the carrots grew orange to match their royalty color - The House of Orange. Orange carrots were a symbol of prestige.

Ice cream cones were popularized in America during the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis when an ice cream vendor ran out of cups and asked a nearby waffle vendor to roll up his waffle to hold the ice cream.

In 1943, a Pan Am chef snuck whiskey into passengers' coffee to warm them up on a winter flight. When asked what kind of coffee they were being served, he improvised "Irish Coffee," creating the now famous cocktail.

Aztecs were the first to serve chocolate as a drink.

Milkshakes were originally alcoholic.

There are so many varieties of apples that if you ate a new one every day, it would take you more than 20 years to try them all.

Tabasco sauce is aged in barrels previously used for Jack Daniel's Tennessee whiskey.

The Himalayan goji berry has more iron that steak, more vitamin C than oranges and more beta carotene than carrots.

Vanilla flavoring is sometimes made with an ingredient from beaver urine.

White wine gets darker as it ages while red wine gets lighter.

The can opener was invented 48 years after the can.

There is a mushroom that grows in the wild and tastes like fried chicken - it is name is Laetiporus.

Worcestershire sauce is made from dissolved anchovies, including the bones that have been soaked in vinegar.

The first soup was made from hippopotamus and dates back to 6,000 B.C.

And lastly, perhaps as a relic of an ancient Roman custom of planting parsley on graves, a sprig of parsley was either associated with the devil or as an antidote for poison. Adding a sprig to a plate of food may have originated as a gesture of good faith and as a way to safeguard from evil.

Thought for the week: "Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm." Winston Churchill

Phylis B. Canion is a doctor of naturopathic medicine and is a certified nutritional consultant, email her at This column is for nutritional information only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure.



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