Food Fact Friday

This week, spices. Again there are so many to choose from. Each one of the spices below could of had a whole page devoted to them. 

Despite being synonymous with blandness, vanilla is one of the most complex spices in the world and the second most expensive, next to Saffron. 

To glean 1 pound (450 g) of dry saffron requires the harvest of up to 75,000 flowers and 20 hours of labor. 

Nutmeg was once so exotic that the Dutch traded the entire island of Manhattan to the British for the islands that grew nutmeg.

Allspice isn’t a combination of multiple spices. It’s a dry berry from parts of Northern Latin America and the Caribbean. English explorers named it allspice because its aroma has suggestive notes of cinnamon, cloves, and other recognisable spices.

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Strawberries

Strawberries are the only fruit that wear their seeds on the outside. The average berry is adorned with some 200 of them. 

Strawberries are members of the rose family.

If all the strawberries produced in California in one year were laid berry to berry, they would go around the world 15 times.

Eight strawberries will provide 140 percent of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C for kids.

The combination of strawberries and cream was created by Thomas Wolsey in the court of King Henry VIII.

100g of strawberries contains approximately 33 kilocalories, is an excellent source of vitamin C, a good source of manganese.

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The Aztecs called Tomatoes ‘xitomatl’ which means ‘plump thing with a navel’ while the Nahuas called it ‘tomatl’ which literally means “the swelling fruit”. It is where the Europeans derived the name “tomato”.

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“Grass fed beef contains between 2 – 5 times more omega-3s than it’s grain fed brethren”

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“Neither strawberries, raspberries or blackberries are actually berries”

“Bananas, tomatoes, pumpkin, watermelon and avocado are all berries”