The effect of coffee – a super-fast energy boost – was discovered by a herd of goats in Ethiopia. And by their shepherd, Kaldi. This happened in the 9th century. He followed his beasts as they approached a bush. It was full of red fruits unknown to him. As befits a good shepherd, he tasted it himself. The shepherd immediately felt wide awake! He told this to the priests in his village. They also tried the fruit: they remained more alert during long shifts. They told their colleagues in other villages. And in other countries. Soon the effect of coffee was known all over the world.
It should be noted that Kaldi’s story is a myth.
The avocado is considered one of the healthiest foods. This fruit was discovered around the 14th century by the Aztecs in Central America. They combined the avocado with salt, chili peppers, onions and tomatoes. When the Spaniards got wind of this – literally – this mixture was introduced to other continents. Later, lime and coriander were added. In 2015, guacamole should not be missed with a drink: delicious as a dip with a chip. Also nice to know, did you know that avocado stimulates the sex drive?
8. Water ice
Certain inventions are childishly simple. The same goes for water ice. In 1905, 11-year-old Frank Epperson from Canada made a popsicle. It was very cold then. He accidentally left his glass of lemonade – with a stick in it – outside. When he tried to clear the glass the next morning, the contents were frozen. Frank was wildly enthusiastic! He immediately made this treat for all his friends. When Frank was an adult, he applied for a patent for his popsicle. And people all over the world can enjoy his invention.
Pizza, as we know it, was created in 1889 by a baker in Naples. He did not want to let the visit of Queen Margherita di Savoia pass unnoticed. That is why he devised a special bread construction: a flat bread with a topping of fresh ingredients in the color scheme of the newly developed Italian flag. Then you have to think of (green) basil, (white) mozzarella and (red) tomatoes. And he called this bread ‘pizza Margherita’. Perhaps he was inspired by the ancient Greeks and Romans. They are known to coat their bread with various ingredients. Incidentally, the first official pizzeria has opened in New York. That was in 1905.
Scarcity is the basis of the invention of Nutella. During the Second World War, certain products – including chocolate – were very scarce. The Italian Pietro Ferrero was smart enough to mix the chocolate with hazelnuts. Not only was this a handy way to enjoy chocolate, this product also had a nice long shelf life. Ideal for the Italian troops at the front. After the war, Nutella was widely available in Europe. This tasteful invention recently earned Ferrero’s son the status of richest Italian. The value of his assets was estimated at approximately $23.4 billion.
5. Buffalo Chicken Wings
In the 1960s, the Bellissimo family ran a bar in the American town of Buffalo. One evening Teressa Bellissimo wanted to surprise her son – who came home unexpectedly – with a tasty snack. She then took some chicken wings from the freezer and coated them with a spicy marinade. Not only her son, but the whole family really liked this chicken snack! The chicken wings quickly conquered a spot on the bar’s menu. And were gladly ordered by the visitors.
The sandwich originated at the blackjack table. At the end of the 18th century, Lord John Montagu was a staple at the gambling tables. He didn’t even allow himself time to eat. At one point the hunger was audible: Lord John Montagu took a piece of roast beef and put it on a slice of bread. In order not to make his cards dirty and greasy, he put another slice of bread on top. That way he could play and eat at the same time. This combination of bread and meat formed the basis of the sandwich, as we now eat it. The Lord’s title was Earl of Sandwich, hence the name !
3. Caesar salad
The Caesar salad is named after the Italian Cesare Cardini. He owned a restaurant in Tijuana, Mexico. One evening a group of famous Hollywood stars walked in. To his dismay, Cardini was unable to serve them a full meal: everything was gone. Of course he didn’t want to send them away. That is why he made a salad from all the ingredients that were still available. Fortunately, his guests loved it! From that moment on, his restaurant became a real hotspot. And many restaurant owners followed his example by putting the Caesar salad on the menu.
2. Soft ice cream
Do you also enjoy an oublie horn filled with soft serve ice cream? During a fair in 1904, the world was introduced to the soft ice cream. The idea came from a baker named Ernest Hamwi. His shop was located next to an ice cream parlor. At one point, the owner of the ice cream parlor ran out of bowls. His customers took too long to eat their ice cream! Then Hamwi came up with the idea of a wafer under the ice: an edible dish. Together the men worked out the perfect combination of waffle and ice cream. And reap a lot of success at that fair in St. Lois.
The first hamburger was eaten sometime in the 13th century. Then it was a piece of raw lamb. The hungry warriors, who were not allowed to dismount from their horses, were content: with one hand they steered their horse, with the other they gulped down the flesh. As a warrior they took this with them to Russia. The Russians came up with the creation ‘Mongolian steak’. Ultimately, the meat product ended up in Hamburg. The inhabitants of this German city loved it! They attributed the name of their city to it. It was only much later that the idea of putting the meat in a sandwich came up.
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