10 Kooky Food Facts from Casa di Kooks

You are what you eat – or are you? Here Casa di Kooks looks at 10 kooky but true food facts. Check them out and you’ll never be short of a random insight when there’s a lull in the conversation!

We’ve all been fed that line (pun intended!) since we were kids. But when you take a closer look at some of the things we put in our mouths, maybe it’s not so true after all. I mean, who wants to be a hippopotamus? Here Casa di Kooks looks at 10 kooky but true food facts. Check them out and you’ll never be short of a random insight when there’s a lull in the conversation!

ingredients for hippopotamus soup

     1.Evidence for a soup recipe has been found from as long ago as 6,000 B.C. and includes hippopotamus and sparrow meat, though we suggest you check the instructions for your food processor before you try it – and be sure to wash your hippo thoroughly before cooking!

     2. Did you know that mushroom stalks continue growing after they have been picked? So when you’re buying these tasty fungi, don’t pick the ones with the long stalks – they’re the oldest!

long stalk mushrooms
don’t pick the long-stalked mushrooms

     3. Fragrant relations! You know that all fruits and vegetables belong to various families, right? Yes, we thought so but what family do apples belong to? The familial resemblance may not be immediately apparent, but they, along with pears and plums, belong to the rose family!

     4. Ketchup did not feature tomatoes at all in its original form, instead it was made out of various fish parts and it originates from Asia. In the 1800’s it was used as a medicine to treat diarrhoea – among other things!

     5. And keeping with the medical theme – did you know that you can use coconut milk as blood plasma? No, neither did we – better not try this at home!

     6. Know what Arachibutyrophobia is? No? Well, it’s the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth…and, let’s face it, that’s pretty scary!

peanut butter
pre-roof of the mouth affixed peanut butter

     7. And while we’re on the subject, peanut butter has enjoyed a more resplendent history than the back-of-the-cupboard, half-forgotten, roof of the mouth adhesive staple that it is now. In the early 20th century it was considered way more haute cuisine. Upmarket establishments like New York’s Vanity Fair Tea Room served peanut butter and watercress sandwiches and the cookbooks of the time offered peanut butter recipes including such ingredients as pimento and chilli. Who knew?

     8. Worker bees have to visit two million flowers to make just one pound of honey. Bees in metric countries have the same flower target to create 0.45 kg. Whichever, it’s a helluva morning’s work!

     9. In the US state of Kentucky, it is illegal to carry an ice cream cone in your back pocket. We think this is eminently sensible and should be extended worldwide. After all, what happens if you forget about it and sit down…

     10. One hamburger from a fast food joint may contain meat from as many as 100 different cows. Probably best not to try working out which bit is from which cow though!


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