What else we didn't know about familiar drinks and food

We eat food every day, but do we know everything about them? Believe me, not everything.

Find out something interesting, strange, and sometimes just incredible about what we eat or drink. For instance, …

Beer

Believe it or not, until 2011 beer and other drinks containing up to 10% alcohol were classified in Russia as non-alcoholic. It goes without saying that this could not last forever, and Russia passed legislation to control and restrict beer sales in order to combat alcoholism and take care of the health of minors.

Cheese

Surprisingly, cheese is the most desirable product for ... thieves. About 4% of ALL cheeses made in the world are stolen. It is said that there is even a black cheese market.

Berries

You probably didn't know that. As a rule, this is known only to botanists, who, apparently, take pleasure in misleading ordinary people. Bananas, cucumbers, kiwis are classified as berries. Strawberries, blackberries and raspberries are NOT berries.

Rhubarb

An old technique called "forcing" allows rhubarb to grow so quickly that you can hear it. The sound comes from the opening buds. It is said that rhubarb constantly squeaks during the growing season.

Lobster

Strange, but in the past, lobsters, for which they now lay out crazy money in restaurants, were hardly considered worthy food. No one wanted to buy lobsters, they were thrown back into the sea or given to servants. There was even a law that stipulated how much lobster a prisoner could give, since it was considered too cruel to feed the poor fellow with almost only lobsters. Now prisoners are not fed lobsters.

Pistachios

Cargo transportation rules prohibit storing pistachios (especially peeled ones) together with fibrous, oiled fabrics (for example, burlap). Such a neighborhood is a guarantee of fire on board a dry cargo ship.

Fruit

Surprisingly, the fruit stickers are edible!

This, of course, does not mean that such a sticker must certainly be eaten, but if a piece of the sticker remains on the fruit and you accidentally ate it, nothing bad will happen. Even the adhesive on the sticker is edible.

Sandwich

According to the generally accepted version, the name comes from the title of John Montague, Earl of Sandwich, an avid gambler who, according to legend, sat at the gambling table day and night, and, in order not to be distracted from the game, asked him to serve cold beef between two slices of toasted bread.

Mushrooms

If you are cooking mushrooms, it is important not to overcook them. There is a special polymer in the cell walls of mushrooms that provides them with a delicate taste. If mushrooms are overcooked, the polymer breaks down.

Black pepper

In the Middle Ages, black pepper in the literal sense of the word was worth its weight in gold. The desire to get rich led the Portuguese sailors at the end of the 15th century to the opening of the sea route to India. In search of spices, Vasco de Gama was the first to circumnavigate Africa to reach India.

Alcohol

Loud music in bars encourages you to drink more alcohol and drink faster. This conclusion was reached by scientists as a result of an experiment conducted in France.

Chocolate

We would not have eaten chocolate if there were no flies, or rather certain types of small midges, which are necessary for pollination of the cocoa plant, from the fruits of which chocolate is made.

Burgers

McDonald's hamburgers do not spoil at all, do not rot or mold. According to company representatives, moisture quickly evaporates from the product, so it does not deteriorate, but simply dries up. Or maybe they still use preservatives?

Peanut butter

Peanut Butter Can Be Used To Create Diamonds! It is only necessary to recreate the conditions in the lower mantle of the Earth (it is only 2200 degrees Celsius) for several weeks to form a diamond 2/3 mm in size. In practice, hardly anyone will undertake the implementation of this project, but theoretically it is possible.