A fantastic list of one hundred random food facts from fruit & veg, to chocolate and candy. If you love your food, you’ll enjoy these facts!

  1. A survey showed 29 per cent of adults say they have been splashed or scalded by hot drinks while dunking biscuits.
  2. Ortharexia Nervosa is an eating disorder where the sufferer is obsessed with eating healthy food.
  3. Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine.
  4. Dry swallowing one teaspoon of sugar can commonly cure hic-ups.
  5. In Kentucky, it is illegal to carry an ice cream cone in your back pocket.
  6. The fear of cooking is known as Mageirocophobia and is a recognised phobia.
  7. The tea bag was introduced in 1908 by Thomas Sullivan of New York.
  8. The tall chef’s hat is called a toque.
  9. Arachibutyrophobia is the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth.
  10. In South Africa, termites and ants are often roasted and eaten by the handful, like popcorn.
  11. Every time you lick a stamp, you consume 1/10 of a calorie.
  12. Pearls melt in vinegar.
  13. The ’57’ on the Heinz ketchup bottle represents the number of pickle types the company once had.
  14. Marmite was first introduced into the UK in 1902.
  15. The ancient Greeks chewed a gum-like substance called mastic that came from the bark of a tree.
  16. Honeybee workers must visit 2 million flowers to make one pound of honey.
  17. The fear of vegetables is called Lachanophobia.
  18. Almonds are a member of the peach family.
  19. If you boil beetroot in water, and then massage the water into your scalp each night, it works as an effective cure for dandruff.
  20. In the United States, lettuce is the second most popular fresh vegetable.
  21. Grape growing is the largest food industry in the world as there are more than 60 species and 8000 varieties of grapes.
  22. The average person eats eight pounds of grapes each year.
  23. There are more than 7,000 varieties of apples grown in the world.
  24. A cluster of bananas id formerly called a ‘hand’. Along that theme, a single banana is called a ‘finger’.
  25. Onion is Latin for ‘large pearl’.
  26. Apples, pears, cherries and strawberries are all members of the rose family.
  27. The word vegetable has no scientific definition, so it’s still acceptable to call a tomato a vegetable.
  28. In the Philippines, it is considered good luck if a coconut is cleanly split open without jagged edges.
  29. When cranberries are ripe, they bounce like a rubber ball.
  30. The most amount of grapes eaten in 3 minutes is 133. This record was set in 2001 by Mat Hand, from the UK.
  31. There are more than 10,000 varieties of tomatoes.
  32. In 2001, there were more than 300 banana-related accidents in Britain, most involving people slipping on skins.
  33. If you want to speed up the ripening of a pineapple, so that you can eat it faster, then you can do it by standing it upside down (on the leafy end).
  34. Carrots have zero fat content.
  35. Peanuts can be used to make dynamite.
  36. A watermelon is over 92% water by weight.
  37. Alliumphobia is the fear of garlic.
  38. A row of corn always has an even number.
  39. The pumpkin originated in Mexico about 9,000 years ago.
  40. Square watermelons sell for about $85.
  41. Turnips are high in fibre, Vitamin C, Calcium and Potassium.
  42. Eating a lot of beetroot turns your pee into a pink colour.
  43. Biting a wooden spoon whilst chopping an onion will stop your eyes from watering.
  44. Each pineapple plant only produces just one pineapple per year.
  45. Lettuce is a member of the sunflower family.
  46. Blueberries are a good source of Vitamin C and fibre.
  47. Pumpkin flowers are edible.
  48. Peaches are the third most popular fruit grown in America.
  49. We are eating 900% more broccoli than we did 20 years ago.

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