Teff, the staple food crop of Ethiopia, is a highly nutritious “superfood” like quinoa. After US and European health food trends created a huge demand for quinoa, prices skyrocketed in Bolivia, where it is a staple food. Fearing their own food shortage, Ethiopia banned the export of teff in 2006.
Paris holds an annual contest to find the city’s best baguette. Around 200 bakers each submit two baguettes (must be eligible) to be graded on quality, look, smell, taste, and crunch. The winner wins €4000 and a contract to supply the French president fresh baguettes every day for 1 year.
In 2013 tech retailer GAME released an affordable £2 ($2.64) Christmas dinner in a can for hardcore gamers who spend their Christmas playing games online and don’t want to leave their chair.
Ketchup started as a Chinese fish-based sauce, then it was picked up by the British and made into a mushroom-based sauce, and finally picked up by the Americans and made into a tomato-based sauce.
Jackfruit is one of the biggest food trends among vegetarians, vegans and even meat lovers. While it is technically a fruit, its consistency is similar to that of chicken or pork
An astronaut smuggled a corned-beef sandwich into space. After taking a bite, crumbs and rye started floating around the cabin. It has been referred to as ‘$30 million sandwich.’ NASA have taken steps to prevent corned-beef sandwiches from being taken on future flights.
Quaker Oats fed radioactive milk and oatmeal to unsuspecting special needs kids under the guise of a science club in order to find out how beneficial certain nutrients were in their oats.
If you don’t eat sushi by age 35, there is a 95% chance you never will. As we get older, we are less open to “novelty.”
There is an airport in Italy that will let you bring 500g of liquid on a plane, so long as it is Pesto.
Pink Himalayan Salt is one of the most expensive salts in the world. People claim it contains more minerals than ordinary table salt. Scientists found the amount of minerals it contains is so miniscule that it makes no measurable difference.