TIP is the acronym for “To Insure Promptness”.
The scientific term for the common tomato is lycopersicon lycopersicum, which means “wolf peach”. Originating in America, the tomato was spread around the world following the Spanish colonisation of the Americas.
The tall chef’s hat is called a toque, the shortened form of toque blanche (French for "white hat"). Tall, round, pleated, and starched, the toque’s many folds are believed to signify the many ways that an egg can be cooked. The word has been known in English since the early part of the 16th century. It derived from the Medieval French word toque; presumably by the way of the Spanish toca ("woman's headdress"), which itself was derived from the Arabic taqa (“Opening”).
The toque most likely originated as the result of the gradual evolution of head coverings worn by cooks throughout the centuries. Their roots are sometimes traced to the casque a meche (stocking cap) worn by 18th-century French chefs. The colour of the casque a meche denoted the rank of the wearer. Boucher, the personal chef of the French statesman Talleyrand, was the first to insist on white toques for sanitary reasons. The modern toque is popularly believed to have originated with the famous French chefs Marie-Antoine Carême and Auguste Escoffier.
Water makes up the lion’s share on many different foods. For example: watermelons are 97% water, lettuce 97%, tomatoes 95%, carrots 90%, and bread 30%.
It’s quite strange, but onions, potatoes and apples all have the same taste. The differences in flavour that we experience are caused only by their smell.
Green tea is packed with anti-oxidants and flavonoids, which help the body fight free radicals – unstable molecules that can damage human cells – and help with circulation and a healthy heart. Green tea also contains L-Theanine, a natural compound that stimulates alpha brainwaves – which are associated with a relaxed but alert state of mind. But in order for green tea to have a therapeutic effect, you’ll need to drink at least 4-5 cups per day.
Carrots really can help you see in the dark. Carrots are pack with Vitamin A, which is known to prevent night blindness. So your mom was right after all.
Did you know that the word salary comes from the word salt? The Latin word salarium linked employment, salt and soldiers, but the exact link is unclear. One theory is that the word soldier itself comes from the Latin sal dare (to give salt). The Roman historian Pliny the Elder wrote that “In Rome … the soldier's pay was originally salt and the word salary derives from it”. Strange to think that salt, our oldest preservative, was extremely rare in the past, so rare that it was used as pay. Imagine earning a couple of tablespoons of salt for a hard-days’ work – scary thought.
According to archaeologists, honey is the only food that cannot spoil. Archaeologists have found and tasted honey discovered in ancient Egyptian tombs, and deemed it still edible.
An apple, when fresh, is made up of about 25% air, which is why they float in the barrel when people “Bob-for-apples”.
The most expensive coffee in the world comes from civet poop. Kopi Luwak are the name given to coffee beans harvested from Civet (a cat sized mammal) faeces. The animals gorge on only the finest ripe berries, and excrete the partially-digested beans, which are then harvested for sale. Kopi Luwak is the most expensive coffee in the world, selling for between $120 and $600 USD per pound, and is sold mainly in Japan and the United States, but is increasingly becoming available elsewhere. My question is: who the hell discovered that it tasted good?
The largest food item on a menu is roast camel. The camel is stuffed with a sheep’s carcass, which is stuffed with chickens, which are stuffed with fish, which are stuffed with eggs. This feast is sometimes featured in Bedouin weddings.
Microwave cooking was discovered accidentally, when a chocolate bar melted in Percy LeBaron Spencer’s pocket. The inventor of the Microwave oven, Percy LeBaron Spencer of the Raytheon Company, was walking past a radar tube and he noticed that the chocolate bar in his pocket melted. He then tested popcorn in front of the tube (surely turning up the power and standing out of the beam), and it quickly popped all over the room.
Worcestershire sauce, the popular English sauce, is made from dissolved anchovies. The anchovies are soaked in vinegar until they have completely melted. The sauce contains the bones and all.