BEER - The world's oldest known recipe is for beer.When archaeologists discovered a four-thousand-year old Mesopotamian clay tablet, they were naturally curious to and so a good deal of scholarly effort was put into the task of deciphering its cryptic markings.As it turns out, the ancient Mesopotamians were recording a recipe for beer. And not just any recipe, but a formula handed down from the god Enki himself.
This probably came as no surprise to the archaeologists, since the subject of beer pops up regularly in their work. Images of people brewing, storing, and drinking beer are found in ruined cities and forgotten tombs scattered throughout the ancient world. The Babylonians for instance made sixteen kinds of beer, using everything from white and black barley to wheat and honey. Beer was extolled in the Egyptian Book of the Dead, where the varieties listed include "beer of truth" and "beer of eternity."
BROCCOFLOWER - Broccoflower is a cross between cauliflower and broccoli. It has more vitamin C than oranges and more vitamin A than either broccoli or cauliflower.
CARROTS - Carrots were originally purple in colour, changing in the 17th Century to orange with newer varieties cultivated by the Dutch who used mutant strains of Purple white and yellow carrots.
CHILLI - The Trinidad Moruga Scorpion , from Trinidad and Tobago, is currently the world's hottest Chili pepper. The New Mexico State University's Chili Pepper Institute has identified the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion as the newest hottest chili pepper in the world as of February 2012. Institute, the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion ranks as high as 2,009,231 SHU on the Scoville scale, making it the hottest chili pepper in the world to date. (umm just for comparison that is around 400 times hotter than Nandos Extra Hot Peri Peri Sauce)
CHOCOLATE - Chocolate is lower in caffeine than tea, coffee and coca cola. A one ounce bar of chocolate contains about 6mg of caffeine, whereas a five ounce cup of regular coffee contains over 40mg. (You see chocolate IS a healthy option! )
KOPI LUWAK - These are coffee beans that come from Civet (a cat sized mammal) droppings. 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 $240 and $1200 USD per kg, and is sold mainly in Japan and the United States, but it is increasingly becoming available elsewhere. (My question is: Who the hell decided to see if it tasted good? Especially when we have already seen that chocolate is healthier)
PEANUT OIL - Peanut oil can be processed to produce glycerol, which can be used to make nitroglycerin, one of the constituents of dynamite. Note however, there are other processes that can be used to make dynamite without using peanuts at all. (Thank goodness!)
WORCESTERSHIRE SAUCE - 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.
Well thats a decent start I think. I am looking forward to other people's submissions. I am off now to go and check where my coffee beans come from, and to make sure my sister knows not to let my rascally nephew take peanuts anywhere near his home chemisty set. 'Til next time.....Enjoy!!!