Everyone has their own guilty pleasures when it comes to food. There are so many kinds of food: healthy & junk, fruits, cereals, Nutella to name a few. Each has its own making process and the food we enjoy the most, we might not even know what goes into making it, how it’s made, etc. That’s why we have listed the Top 10 shocking and weird food facts worth knowing!
1. The most expensive Pizza in the world is worth $12,000
Pizza lovers can shell out any amount for a good pizza with hot toppings, veggies, and lots of cheese but this pizza called Louis XIII is priced at USD $12,000 or INR 77 lakh. Amusing, right? You’d wonder why to spend such a hefty amount on a goddamn pizza?! Because the ingredients for this pizza are sourced from France and Mozzarella di bufala is collected from local Italian dairies. Italy’s finest chef, Chef Renato Viola creates this wonder along with two other renowned chefs.
2. Tomato is a fruit
A ‘fruit’ is nutritionally described as something sweet and fleshy and typically eaten as a snack or dessert. But, tomato is never used in dessert recipes or even eaten as a snack so how is it a fruit? Well, tomatoes are botanically a fruit because fruit in botany is described as a ripened flower ovary and contains seeds. By that logic, tomatoes, plums, zucchinis, and melons are all fruits.
3. Food tastes different on a plane
If you’ve ever been on a long journey on a plane and had quite a few meals, you’ll know that food tastes different on a plane. That is because of the high altitude. In a plane, the air is trapped inside due to high pressure, and that directly affects your sense of taste and smell. It reduces the sensitivity of your taste buds to sweet and salty by 30%. So if you feel you’re the only crazy one who feels that way, it actually isn’t!
Fortune cookies are often served as dessert in Chinese restaurants or people usually believe that they hail from China but their origin is in fact not Chinese. They originate from Japan and Japanese immigrants brought them to the US in the late 19th century or early 20th century.
5. Banana and human DNA is almost 60% the same
“Humans share almost 60% of their DNA with a banana.” You may have heard this before because it is a frequently cited statistic. But that does not mean humans are bananas. It’s just a matter of gene sequencing and in fact, we do have gene similarity with potatoes and rats. Quite bizarre.
6. Gummy candies shine because of car wax
Have you ever wondered why Gummy bears shine so much? That’s because Carnauba wax is used to add luminance to cars, candies, and even fruit-flavored Gummy bears. Eating gummy bears is not the same as consuming car wax because it just gives a glossy finish and it is not at all dangerous.
7. Loud music tends to make people drink faster
Have you ever been to a bar and noticed that you are gulping drinks faster than your usual speed? That is because loud music has effects on your alcohol assumption and it is all psychological science. It is amusing how well bars and clubs have incorporated this scientific way into their businesses to increase sales volume.
8. Chocolate was once used as a currency
Imagine your dark chocolate bar being traded for the same value as gold? In early civilizations, when money wasn’t prevalent and a barter system was used where one would exchange goods for goods. Studies show that the Maya civilization used chocolate as money. The downfall of the Classic Maya civilization was because of drought or lack of chocolate.
9. Honey is bee vomit
Don’t gross out by the title but the way bees make honey is an amazing process. Bees collect nectar from flowers and store it in their stomach, also called a honey crop. When the bees reach the hive, they transfer the nectar from their honey crop to the honeycomb for storage. So, honey is basically the vomit of many bees combined.
10. Pineapple takes 2-3 years to grow
Pineapple takes 2-3 years of fruit crop cycle to completely grow and harvest. Also, it’s worth mentioning that pineapples do not fruit more than once and the mother plant slowly dies once fruiting is completed. So the next time you go to a local market and buy a pineapple, just imagine how long it has taken to grow!