Saturday, January 14, 2012

Various food facts

Food, well any kind of food, whether it is tasteful or not, is something we need to live and grow. However there are various interesting and strange facts in regard to it, which many people do not know. Some of the countless facts are:
- Milk chocolate was invented by Daniel Peter, who sold the idea to his neighbour Henry Nestle. 

- In order to produce one kilo of honey, bees must visit 4 million flowers and travel a distance equal to 4 times round the Earth.
- The oldest restaurant in the world, which still exists, is the St. Peter's Stiftskeller in Salsburg, Austria. It began in 803 A.D. as a monastery that had a tavern for travellers. 
- Three quarters of the fish caught can be consumed by man. However the rest is used to produce products such as glue, soap, margarine and fertilizer. 
- The most expensive marmalade in the world is 'Confiture de groseilles'. The jam recipe derives from the 14th century and is gooseberry marmalade. It is produced in the tiny French town of Bar-le-Duc.
-28 gr. chocolate contains about 20 mg. of caffeine.
- Banana is the most popular fruit after tomatoes, worldwide. In Western countries they represent 3% of the total sales of a supermarket. 
-There are over 10.000 varieties of tomatoes.
-The last years food production has risen faster than the global population.
-The number of people who died of starvation in the last 25 years of the 20th century is less than the number of people who died of starvation in the last 25 years of the 19th century. 
-During the Middle Ages sugar was a luxury, costing nine times more than milk.
-90% of fish is caught in the Northern Hemisphere.
-Approximately one billion snails are served in restaurants annually. 

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