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The 4 Classes of Vegetarians:

1. True Vegetarians- Will eat nothing from an animal, cooked or processed.

2.Lacto-Vegetarians- Will eat dairy products.

3.Ovo-Vegetarians- The only animal product allowed to eat is eggs.

4. Pesco-Vegetarians-Will not eat red meat, but will eat fish, chicken, eggs and dairy products.

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Brazil Nuts

Did you know that Brazil Nuts are only grown in Rain Forests?




Coffee:

It takes nearly 2,000 coffee cherries to provide enough beans for a pound of roasted coffee!
The world's rarest coffee cost $300 a pound.
It is called Kopi Luwak and comes from Indonesia!

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Food Consumption

In America, an average family of four consumes almost 6000 pounds of food per year.


Did you know that in Japan, the most popular topping for pizza at Domino's Pizza is Squid?

In 1977, Americans ate more than 7.5 billion quarts of popcorn!

Maple Syrup Facts:

Did You know that it takes 40 gallons of Sap to make Maple Syrup?

Sap from the sugar maple tree in Vermont starts running in mid March-The sap runs for approximately 6 weeks.

For the best production, daytime temperatures should be in the 40's and the evening temps should drop to the 20's.

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Tomatoes

Each American eats approximately 22 pounds of tomatoes yearly.

Over 1/2 of the tomato consumption is in the form of catsup and tomato sauce.



Can you fry an egg on a sidewalk? Here is a proof that you can!



Ever Wonder How Hush Puppies Got their Name?

Hush puppies are pieces of fried cornmeal batter which are a great southern tradition.

Years ago, pieces of the fried batter were fed to hungry dogs that begged for food.
After the scraps were given to the dogs, the owner would say  "Now hush, puppy."



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A survey about meals taken in the American Family was taken by Roper Starch Worldwide.

It seems breakfasts, lunches and dinners at the dining table are becoming a thing of the past.

The survey showed that most americans eat all day long!

Americans eat in their cars, at the ball park and in front of their computers.



Lemons and Strawberries- Did you know that lemons contain more sugar than strawberries?



Eat Like a Bird

Every day, birds eat 1/2 their own weight in food!

So, why do people say that a poor eater "eats like a bird??"

If this were the case, a 50 pound child would consume 25 pounds of food a day!



What is a Garlion?

A Garlion is a cross between a Garlic and an Onion!
Nope.. I have Never came across a garlion in a market! Have you?



Rice
Did you know there are over 15,000 varieties of rice?



Cabbage
Did you know that cabbage is 91 percent water?



Milk
The Average American Drinks 25 gallons of milk per year.
Didyou know that about 88% of all milk is water and
only about 12% is solid substance that has food value?



Animal Crackers

Ever wonder what animals are in a box of animal crackers?

1 Lion, 1 Buffalo, 2 Sheep, 2 Monkeys, 2 tigers, 3 Rhinos
5 Bears and 6 Gorillas.

Animal Crackers
Source: Professional Chefs Association



Did you know that in the United States Farmers use 1.5 billion pounds of pesticides and that these
pesticides end up in about 1/2 the food we eat?

Why? Only about 1 percent of food shipments in the US are tested for pesticides.
Kind of scary, isn't it? Some Apple Growers use 24 different types of pesticides on apples!



Butter

Did you know that butter is one of our oldest foods?



Sliced Bread

Did you know that sliced bread was not always sold in stores?
The question for today is:

Pre sliced bread was introduced to Americans under what brand name?




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Statue of a chipolino!

What government agency is open on Thanksgiving ?

The United States Department of Agriculture, on the job on Thanksgiving Day to protect public health through food safety.



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Instant Genius will take the reader on a fun and fascinating trip through the essentials (and non-essentials) of history, science, geography, the arts, pop culture, mathematics, and more.
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Cheese
There are over 400 varieties of natural cheeses!



Seafood

There are over 240 varieties of fish and shellfish sold in the fish markets and grocery stores!




Bananagrams

The following information is from a 1926 book,"Yes, 100 Ways to Enjoy Bananas."

Here is a handy description on the stages  of bananas-when ripe, when to eat, etc.

1. Green banana..Not ready to eat raw, but you can cook it.
Basically, the banana is raw starch somewhat like a raw potato.

2.Partially Yellow Banana-The banana is yellow, but still has some green on it.
This banana should also be eaten cooked, and not raw.

The starches have not yet fully converted into sugar yet. You can cook as a dessert, or as a vegetable.

3. Yellow Banana- No more green-all yellow banana-

The banana is now ready to be eaten raw.
Most all of the starch has been converted into sugar and the tasty banana can now be easily digested.

4.Yellow banana with brown speckles

The banana is now at its peak for flavor and nutrition.
It can be eaten by anyone, even those who have weak digestions.

5. Brown, with some yellow-
Ok folks, gone past its peak. Now ready to use in your banana bread recipe.

Did you know that bananas are considered to be the greatest body builders among the fruit foods?

They have tissue building ability. Serve daily and you will have better health and save money!

Do not keep bananas in the refrigerator.





The candy bar "Baby Ruth" was named after the daughter of U.S. President Grover Cleveland in 1921.



Tootsie Rolls

Tootsie Rolls were the first wrapped penny candy in America.

The Tootsie Roll Company produces more than 16 million lollipops a day!



Gerber Baby Food
In Japan,Gerber's top selling baby food is a sardine dish!



Honey Facts
Interesting Facts and Information about Honey

The Healing Powers of Honey



Lobster

In the Early Colonies in America, Lobster was so plentiful it was commonly used as farm fertilizer!

In the 19th century, lobster was called a Poor Man's Food.
In 1853, a 1 pound can of lobster cost a nickel!
Some lobsters can live to be more than 100 years old.
99.9% of all lobsters do live past a month old.



Massachusetts Food Trivia
The oldest restaurant in Boston is the Union Oyster House.
The pineapple is a sign of hospitality.
The lollipop was developed by the Bradley-Smith Candy Co.
The Massachusetts state beverage is Cranberry Juice.
The first watermelon in the New World was grown in Massachusetts in 1629!
In 1919, a molasses flood killed 21 people in the north end of Boston.
In 1930, Ruth Wakefield of Massachusetts, invented the chocolate chip cookie.
At that time, it was known as the "chocolate crispie"

Martha's Vineyard
The island of Martha's Vineyard was named by Bartholomew Gosnold in 1602.
The name was derived from his daughter's first name of Martha and the wild grapes that grew on the island!



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A Bit of Cranberry Trivia

Cranberry fruit are true berries.

Fruit size varies considerably, but typically fruit are 3/4 to 1 inch long by about 1/2 inch in diameter.

Ripe fruit are a deep red to mahogany color.
Color is confined to the skin and outer cell layers.

The interior of the fruit is cream colored.

The fruit contains four large hollow seed cavities in the interior and each cavity contains numerous small brown seeds.
Because of the interior cavities cranberry fruit float.
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The Popsicle Trivia
A Brief Overview of the Frozen Treat


In England, a Popsicle is called an Ice-Holly

The Popsicle, referring to a frozen treat made of ice and flavoring on a stick, is the common name in the United States and Canada.

If you were in England or other British territories, you would ask for an Ice-lolly.

In Australia, it is referred to the icy pole when ordered.

The first Popsicle was created in 1905 by accident.

Frank Epperson, 11 years old at the time, left a glass of soda powder and water outside with a mixing stick in it.

The temperature dropped over night and when Frank found his cup the stick was frozen in the drink.

He then took it in the house and had hot water running over the sides of the cup.

The water loosened the frozen drink and Frank eat the frozen chunks.

Even though many frozen juice bars were around at this time, the Popsicle was the first form of frozen products to be marketed to the public.

Today the Popsicle sells millions of frozen treats yearly.

The Popsicle was introduced to the public in 1922.

Epperson got his idea patent as the Popsicle and it has been the name of many products ever since.

Good Humor now owns the rights to the Popsicle and has made the Popsicle the big company that America knows it to be.

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A variation of the Popsicle is the Fudgesicle.

A Fudgesicle is just a chocolate ice cream formed on a stick.
It melts in your mouth and it is one of the most popular types of Popsicles.

A type of Fudgesicle is marketed by Popsicle and they are sold in stores all over the country.

The nutrition facts of a Fudgesicle can be found on the box.
They are relatively low in fat.
They are perfect for anyone who is watching their weight.
You get to taste the creaminess of the ice cream and you get a taste of chocolate all rolled up in a sixty-calorie dessert.

If you purchase Fudgesicles, they are even marketed as a kosher food.

Another Popsicle product that has been found to be successful is the Pudding Pop.

It combines the goodness of pudding and ice cream.
You get this rich ice cream pop that brings back all those memories of being a kid.

Pudding Pops come packaged with three flavors.
You can decide between chocolate and vanilla, and if you can decide which, go with the twist.

The twist tastes like a soft serve cone from the local shop.
Its creamy and filled with good chocolate.
Its hard to eat just one, but with ninety calories a pop, it may not be a good idea to have seconds.

Say that you want the ice and the cream; a Popsicle and fudge pop.
If thats the case, you may want to try the new Popsicle product
known as the Firecracker: Banana and Double Fudge.

The bottom of the pop is the banana Popsicle and the top gives you the enjoyment of a fudge pop.
Its a great mix because many people love chocolate, frozen bananas. Thats exactly what it tastes like.
You get to indulge yourself with the chocolate and get that great burst of banana ice at the same time.

For those who are on a diet, you can enjoy one or two of this Popsicles and be guilt free.

Rather you like the icy Popsicles or the creamy Fudgesicles you
can always find the perfect something in your ice cream isle by looking for the Popsicle brand

They sell millions of Popsicles a year and they know exactly what to mix to give you the best-frozen dessert.
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