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Are you curious about the origins and stories of the foods you eat every day?

Are you looking for some fun and surprising food facts to impress your friends with?

If you said yes to any of these questions, you are in for a treat. We have gathered 17 food facts that most people don’t know, that will make your jaw drop.

You will discover some of the secrets behind some of the world’s most common and exotic foods and how they can benefit your health, happiness, and social life.

So grab a snack and get ready to be amazed by these 17 food facts.

1. A dentist invented cotton candy.

If you love cotton candy, you can thank a dentist for inventing it.

William Morrison teamed up with a candy maker in 1897 and created a machine that spun sugar into fluffy strands.

They called it fairy floss and sold it at the 1904 World’s Fair.

Maybe Morrison wanted to give people a reason to visit his dental office, or maybe he just had a sweet spot for sugar. Either way, he gave us a delicious treat that melts in your mouth.

2. The world’s oldest cheese was found in an Egyptian tomb.

Cheese lovers, rejoice! You are not alone in your passion for this dairy product. Cheese has been around for thousands of years, and the oldest cheese ever found was in a 3,200-year-old jar in the tomb of Ptahmes, a high-ranking official in ancient Egypt.

The cheese was made from a mixture of cow and sheep or goat milk and was contaminated with a potentially deadly bacteria.

So maybe don’t try to replicate this recipe at home. Or anywhere else.

3. The most expensive pizza in the world costs $12,000.

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If you think your pizza delivery is pricey, think again. The most expensive pizza in the world is Louis XIII, made by chef Renato Viola in Salerno, Italy.

It takes 72 hours to make the dough, and the toppings include three types of caviar, lobster, buffalo mozzarella, and pink salt from Australia.

The pizza is served with champagne and cognac and can only be eaten by two or three people. That’s one fancy pizza party. And one hefty bill.

4. Peanuts are not nuts.

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Peanuts are one of the most popular snacks in the world, but they are not actually nuts.

Peanuts are legumes, like beans and peas, and they belong to the Fabaceae family, including soybeans, lentils, and chickpeas.

Nuts, on the other hand, belong to the Arecaceae family, which includes almonds, walnuts, and pistachios.

So peanuts are not nuts, even though they are nutty in appearance and flavor.  They are a different kind of munch.

5. There is a fruit that tastes like chocolate pudding.

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If you have a sweet tooth but want to eat healthy, you might want to try the black sapote, also known as chocolate pudding fruit.

This fruit is native to Mexico and Central America and has green skin and brown flesh with a creamy texture and a sweet flavor similar to chocolate pudding.

It is rich in vitamin C and can be eaten raw or used in desserts.

It sounds too good to be true, right?

Well, there is a catch: the fruit is very rare and hard to find outside its native region. So don’t get your hopes up too high.

6. The world’s largest cheese wheel weighed 34,591 pounds.

Cheese fans will be impressed by this record-breaking cheese wheel that was made in Wisconsin in 1995.

It measured 6 feet in height and 16 feet in diameter and contained 700,000 calories.

That’s enough cheese to create over 70,000 grilled cheese sandwiches or feed a small army of mice for a year.

7. Pineapples take two years to grow.

Pineapples are one of the most delicious fruits in the world, but they also take a long time to grow.

Pineapples are actually not a single fruit, but a cluster of hundreds of tiny fruits that grow from
the same plant.

It takes about two years for a pineapple plant to produce one pineapple fruit.

That’s why they are so expensive and why you should appreciate them more.

8. The hottest chili pepper in the world is the Carolina Reaper.

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If you like spicy food, you might want to challenge yourself with the Carolina Reaper pepper.

This pepper was created by a farmer named Ed Currie in South Carolina and has an average Scoville heat unit (SHU) of 1.6 million.

That’s about 200 times hotter than a jalapeño pepper. Or enough to make you cry, sweat, and regret your life choices.

9. The most expensive coffee in the world is made from animal poop.

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Coffee lovers might be surprised to learn that the most expensive coffee in the world is called Kopi Luwak, and it is produced from the beans that have been eaten and excreted by a civet, a cat-like animal native to Southeast Asia.

The coffee can cost up to $600 per pound.

Why would anyone pay that much for poop coffee?

Well, some people claim that the digestive process of the civet enhances the flavor and aroma of the beans, making them smoother and less bitter.

Others say that it’s just a gimmick and a waste of money. We’ll let you decide for yourself.

10. The world’s largest chocolate bar weighed 12,770 pounds.

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Chocolate lovers will drool over this massive chocolate bar made by Thorntons PLC in the UK in 2011.

It measured 13 feet by 13 feet by 1 foot, and took ten hours to pour the chocolate into the mold.

It also broke the Guinness World Record for the largest chocolate bar ever made.

We wonder how long it took to eat it all.

11. Carrots were originally purple or yellow.

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Carrots are one of the most common vegetables in the world, but they are not always orange.

The original carrots were purple and yellow, and it was in the 17th century that Dutch farmers bred them to be orange as a tribute to William of Orange, the leader of the Dutch revolt against Spain.

Orange carrots became so popular that they eventually replaced the other colors, except for some rare varieties that still exist today.

So next time you eat a carrot, remember that it’s not just a vegetable but also a symbol of history, politics, and patriotism.

12. Popcorn is one of the oldest snacks in the world.

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Popcorn was first discovered by Native Americans, who used it for food and decoration.

Archaeologists have found popcorn kernels that date back to 3600 BC in New Mexico.

Popcorn is also one of the simplest snacks to make: all you need is corn kernels, heat, and oil or butter.

You can also add salt, sugar, cheese, or any other flavoring you like.

Popcorn is also one of the healthiest snacks: it’s low in calories, high in fiber, and contains antioxidants.

Popcorn is also one of the most fun snacks: it pops, it crackles, it makes you happy. What’s not to love about popcorn?

13. Tomatoes are technically fruits.

Tomatoes are one of the most versatile ingredients in cooking, but they are also technically fruits because they develop from the ovary of a flowering plant and contain seeds.

However, they are also considered vegetables because they are used for culinary purposes rather than sweet ones.

This confusion has led to legal disputes over how tomatoes should be classified and taxed.

In 1893, the US Supreme Court ruled that tomatoes were vegetables for tariff purposes because they were usually eaten as part of a main course rather than as a dessert.

So tomatoes are fruits by nature but vegetables by law. How’s that for a juicy fact?

14. Coca-Cola was originally green.

Coca-Cola is one of the most popular drinks in the world, but it was not always the red and white color we know today.

The original formula for Coca-Cola contained cocaine derived from the coca leaf and caffeine from the kola nut, which gave it a greenish hue.

The cocaine was removed from the drink in 1903, but the color remained until 1915 when the company introduced the iconic glass bottle with a red label.

The bottle was designed to resemble the shape of a cocoa pod, which was a source of confusion for some people who thought Coca-Cola was made from chocolate.

15. Potatoes can be used to make vodka.

Potatoes are one of the most common and versatile foods in the world, but they can also be used to make alcohol.

Potatoes are rich in starch, which can be fermented into alcohol through a process called distillation.

Vodka can also be made from other sources of starch, such as grains or fruits, but potatoes are the traditional ingredient in some countries like Poland and Russia.

Vodka is one of the most popular spirits in the world, and it can be mixed with various juices, sodas, or liqueurs to create different cocktails.

So next time you have some leftover potatoes, you can try making your own vodka.

16. Bananas are radioactive.

Bananas are are packed with fiber, vitamin C, vitamin B6, magnesium, and potassium, which can help you lower your blood pressure, improve your digestion, boost your immunity, and support your nerve and muscle function. But they are also radioactive.

Bananas contain potassium-40, which is a naturally occurring radioactive isotope of potassium that emits beta particles and gamma rays when it decays.

However, before you panic and throw away your bananas, you should know that the amount of radiation from a banana is very low and harmless to humans.

In fact, you would have to eat about 10 million bananas at once to get a lethal dose of radiation.

So don’t worry about your bananas being radioactive. Just enjoy their sweet taste and health benefits.

17. Honey never spoils.

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Honey is one of the few foods that can last forever without going bad because it has very low moisture content and high acidity levels that prevent bacteria growth.

Honey also contains hydrogen peroxide, which is a natural antiseptic that kills microbes.

Honey has been used for thousands of years as a food, a medicine, and a preservative.

Archaeologists have found honey pots in ancient tombs that were still edible after thousands of years.

Honey can also crystallize over time, but that does not mean it has spoiled.

You can simply heat it up and dissolve the crystals to restore their liquid form.

So, don’t worry about the expiration date next time you buy honey. It will never expire.

Conclusion

Now you know some of the most surprising and fascinating things about food history, culture, science, and nutrition.

You’ve learned that broccoli has more protein than steak, that the world’s oldest cheese was found in an Egyptian tomb, that there is a fruit that tastes like chocolate pudding and more.

These epic food facts will not only impress your friends but also make you appreciate food even more.

How many of these facts did you already know? Which one was your favorite? Do you have any other food facts to share with us?

Let us know in the comments below, or share this post with your friends who love food as much as you do.