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EncycloFOODia EncycloFOODia Ryan Maidwell

Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.  ~Doug Larson

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Before I forget, I would just like to mention what an awesome evening all of us Tastespotters had in the company of Joseph and Veronica Bunga, as well as the rest of the eatout team, last Friday at Imba Matombo. The very lively discussion regarding chillis was certainly very entertaining. It was actually during this conversation that the little light bulb in my head switched on. You know Harare's 1st Restaurant week is fast approaching and all of us "foodies" are looking forward to tasting the amazing creations that the participants will put out. However, as we chow down, have we ever considered how much we truly know about what we put in our mouths.

Forget about the calorie count, the fat content, or the amount of Vitamins in any given item of food, as that is a discussion for another time. Consider however, that all of us know at the drop of a hat, how many kids Angelina & Brad (6) have, or what made Kim Kardashian famous(!!!). Some people can tell you how many times Liverpool has won the FA CUP (7), or which golfer won the Masters (Bubba Watson) or even who the members of the Zimbabwean Football team known as the "Dream Team" under Reinhard Fabisch, were. But! ask them something about FOOD (marginally more relevant to our daily existence,  than the life and death importance of the colour of Nikki Minaj's hair this week), and a glazed look will come over their face. Well its time to put an end to this knowledge vacuum I say. This week, I am putting together a few fun facts about food. Anyone else out there who feels like contributing to this is more than welcome. Belly of the Beast  presents the beginning of the EncyloFOODia...



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.

                                                                Nectar of The Gods

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! )

                                                                      Worlds best food ever


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!!!


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