We all have our favorite foods. Most of the time, we don’t even think about how it even got to the local market, if it is health, let alone where/when it came to be. We just know what we like; and, it sure tastes good. But, just in case you are the curious sort and have ever wondered, here are some fun food facts to tantalize your taste buds.
Naturally, when you think of French fries, you assume that this most common of fast food wonders was invented by the French. But, you might be wrong about that fact.
The debate is still raging about which country can take the claim to fame, when it comes to this French fried potato. Although the French will adamantly state that the dish is aptly named, the Belgians might take exception. According to their historical recollections, Belgians claim the French fry fist became popular in the 1700’s, when all of the rivers froze over in the area of Wallonie. Since fried fish was the main source of their nutrition, the people had to come up with something different; so, they turned to the potato.
Naturally, there is no way a potato can even come close to tasting like friend fish. But, according to the Belgians, their ancestors gave it a good try. Because they really liked their fried foods, it’s believed the potatoes were originally cut into shapes that loosely resembled little fish, and then deep fried.
Of course, the French still believe they were responsible for this tasty discovery, during the same period of time in history.
Of course, what is a great French fry without a hamburger to chase it down? But, as you are biting into that meat patty with pickles, ketchup, mustard, onions, cheese, have you ever wonder where this popular fast food got its start?
If you want, you can decide it started with the Mongols. Always on the move, it’s said these warrior didn’t even stop for a meal. To avoid slowing down to eat, the warriors had people sharing carts with animals ready for the butcher’s knife. After the meat was cut into pieces by the mobile servants, it was tenderized by placing it under the saddles of the riders. When it was time to eat, the rider simply grabbed the softened meat and ate it raw.