So get out a pen and paper - number it from 1-10 and see how many you can get right. Then tell us how many you aced and how many you....well, missed! QUESTIONS (Answers are below)
1) Americans spend what % of their after tax income on groceries?
How about in Japan, Germany and India?
a) 6% b) 10% c) 16% d) 17% e) 25% f) 50%
2) Thyme, sage, betony, horehound, rosemary, hyssop, lavendar, and savory are all members of what plant family?
3) Marshmallows were originally made from a plant, the marsh mallow.
Which of the following plants are in this same Mallow family?
a) Hollyhock; b) Cotton; c) Okra; d) Rose of Sharon
4) Can you name a vegetable that has 2 to 4 times as much vitamin C as Oranges?
5) Which specific part of chile peppers are the hottest?
6A) Why is salt used to preserve food such as salt fish, corned beef, etc.?
6B) What human endeavor was made possible in part by salt fish?
7) What is Manchego and what connection does it have to Don Quixote?
8) What fruit is the design motif known as 'Paisley' based on?
9) The leading producer of Maple Syrup is:
a) Quebec; b) Vermont; c) Minnesota; d) New York c) Ontario
10) What was created by Auguste Escoffier in 1897, and supposedly named by Cesar Ritz of the Savoy (or his wife Marie) in honor of Helen Porter Mitchell, an Australian native. ANSWERS
1) United States 6%; Japan 16%; Germany 17%; India almost 50%.
(Daniel Akst 'Cheap Eats' Wilson Quartely, Summer 2003)
2) They are all members of the Mint Family.
3) Hollyhock, cotton, okra and Rose of Sharon are all in the Mallow family. (The roots of the Marsh Mallow (Althaea officinalis) were the source for the original marshmallow candy, made by boiling the soft inner pulp from the roots with sugar until very thick.)
4) Green, sweet bell pepper have 2 times as much vitamin C as oranges; red and yellow bell peppers have 4 times as much.
5) The seeds are NOT the hottest part of peppers. It is at the point where the seed is attached to the white membrane inside the pepper that the highest concentration of capsaicin (the compound giving peppers their pungent flavor) is found.
6A) Salt is used to preserve food because it creates a hostile environment for certain microorganisms. Within foods, salt brine dehydrates bacterial cells, alters osmotic pressure and inhibits bacterial growth and subsequent spoilage.
6B) Salting fish made long-range explorations possible in the age of
7) Manchego is the best known and most widely available Spanish cheese. It comes from La Mancha, the land of Don Quixote, and was originally made only from the milk of Manchego sheep. Manchego is aged for 3 months or longer, and is a semifirm cheese with a rich golden color. It comes in a 10 inch diameter wheel, 5 inches thick
with a herrinbone design on the rind. It ranges from mild to sharp, depending on how long it is aged.
8) The 'Paisley' design motif is a design from India based on the mango.
9) All of the world's maple syrup is produced in North America. Quebec is the leading producer, followed by Vermont, New York, and Ontario.
10) Melba toast was created by Auguste Escoffier in 1897, and supposedly named by Cesar Ritz of the Savoy (or his wife Marie) in honor of Nellie Melba (stage name of Helen Porter Mitchell), an Australian born opera singer. Melba toast is very thin, dry, crisp toast.