There are some truly strange facts about food that people often don’t know, even when they particularly like the food. This amounts to trivia of a rather fascinating sort. After all, we all eat, don’t we?
Whether you actually enjoy chowing down or not, these are among the top 13 wackiest food facts.
Just looking at it, it is hard to tell the difference between a soft boiled egg and a hardboiled egg without cracking the shell. There is a way to tell the difference, though. Try to spin the egg. If it spins, the egg is hard boiled. If it doesn't, it is soft boiled.
Go ahead, try it for yourself. Hardboiled eggs will spin and soft boiled eggs won't.
A lot of people know that if you have brown sugar that is hard, you can soften it by putting it in an air-tight container along with with a slice of bread. Do you know why this works?
Brown sugar is simply granulated, processed sugar to which molasses has been added. You can even make your own by adding a tablespoon of molasses to a cup of granulated sugar. Molasses is syrupy because it contains moisture. When brown sugar dries out, the moisture evaporates and the brown sugar gets hard.
Bread contains roughly 20-30% moisture, so adding the slice of bread means that the brown sugar can draw the moisture out of the bread. As it does so, it gets soft again.
Castroville, California, is well-known for the production of globe artichokes. In fact, it is known as the artichoke capital of the world. In 1947, the first competition was held for the "artichoke queen of Castroville". The contest was won by a young woman named Norma Jean. Several years later, the artichoke queen of Castroville took on the name most people now remember her by: Marilyn Monroe.
Button mushrooms, crimini mushrooms, white mushrooms, table mushrooms, portabello mushrooms, Italian mushrooms, Swiss mushrooms, chestnut mushrooms, and common mushrooms are all names that refer to exactly the same kind of mushroom; Agaricus bisporus. These are the most commercially grown and sold mushrooms in the world. They also grow wild in Europe and North America, where they are often known as field mushrooms.
Canola oil is better for health than vegetable oil. It is also made from the seeds of a species of the mustard family, known as rapeseed. Naturally, 'rapeseed oil' would have been hard to sell, so the name was changed to Canola. The 'Can' in 'Canola' comes from "Canada", the leader in the production of rapeseed oil.