Much like a Pandora’s box, when you delve into the weird and wonderful world of food, the more surprising foods facts you uncover. Here’s 20 surprising food and drink facts that we’ve dug up, and there’s plenty more out there!
1. The most expensive pizza in the world costs $12,000
If you happen to be hanging out in Italy with money to bake, fly in master pizza chef Renato Viola. He’ll come to your villa and make you the ‘Louis XIII’ aka ‘Very Expensive Pizza’. The pizza proofing process takes 72 hours and it’s topped with caviar and lobster and hand picked Australian Murray River pink salt.
2. No matter what colour Fruit Loop you eat, they all taste the same
And that flavour is known as ‘froot’, a blend of fruit flavours. Sorry, your childhood breakfast was a bowl of lies.
3. There are approximately 7,500 varieties of apples grown throughout the world
If you wanted to taste every varietal you could eat a different apple everyday for 20 years.
4. Purple carrots aren’t fancy—they’re original
Centuries ago the common carrot was purple. Mutant yellow and white varieties popped up in the wild and 17th-century Dutch carrot growers began to cultivate these wild carrots into the orange ones we're acquainted with today.
5. If you eat too many carrots, you may turn you slightly orange
Going on a juice cleanse? Don’t overdo it on the carrots or you might turn a hue of orange, due to the amount of beta-carotene found in carrots.
6. Red capsicum has more vitamin C than an orange
In fact, one cup of red capsicum has almost three times more vitamin C than an orange, and they’re a great source of vitamin A too.
7. Surprise, the five-second rule is not a thing
Yes, a couple of seconds is enough time for microbes to interfere with your food, but it might be no more dirty than other commonly contacted surfaces (your mobile phone is filthy!).
8. Honey never goes bad
Like, ever, ever. So long as the lid stays on it and no water is added to it, honey will last a lifetime.
9. The world's largest chicken nugget weighs over 20 kilograms
As of 2013, a poultry company in New Jersey created the world’s largest chicken nugget. It’s as big as 720 regular-sized chicken nuggets.
10. Chocolate as currency
Want to trade in Old Gold? The Mayans and Aztecs once used the cocoa bean as a system of money.
11. Coffee IS good for you
We knew it. Coffee is a rich source of disease-fighting antioxidants, with more antioxidants than both green and black teas, and red wine!
12. Speaking of coffee, there are over 80,000 ways to drink a Starbucks beverage
According to their website, there are over 87,000 possible drink combinations.
13. The amount of Nutella produced in 1 year weighs the same as the Empire State Building
14. Bananas help ripen avocados
The ethylene gas given off by bananas can speed up avocado ripening process.
15. Soft serve ice cream contains seaweed
Carrageenan extracted from red seaweed is added for it’s stabilizing and thickening properties.
16. What do gummy bears and cars have in common?
They're both coated with carnauba wax to make them shiny.
17. Kopi Luwak is world's most expensive coffee
It’s made from coffee cherries eaten and defecated by the Asian palm civet mammal.
18. To collect 1 kg of saffron 300,000 flowers are picked
Real saffron can cost from $400 to $1,000 per kilogram. It grows for only seven days a year in autumn and collected and processed by hand.
19. Kale is one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet
A mile-long list of vitamin properties, put simply, it’s super high in nutrients and very low in calories.
20. Grape growing is one of the largest food industries in the world
Over 72 million tonnes are produced over the world each year, and it takes around 1 kilogram to produce a bottle of wine.