35 Edible Foods That Cause Only One Question: How Did Our Ancestors Know It Was Edible?
Nowadays, people are well aware of what and how to eat, what food is healthy, which is a rare delicacy. Restaurateurs go off their feet to surprise their sophisticated and demanding customers with new combinations of tastes. But it was not always so. Our ancestors made fundamental discoveries when they found a new way of cooking or found out which fruits are edible and can kill.
Unique and strange products that we eat
We at Bemorepanda have selected unique and strange products that are now well known to everyone. But how did people learn about their properties for the first time? How could one guess what to do with coffee beans, that honey is edible, and poisonous fish can be eaten? Internet users tried to answer these and other questions, and we share their answers with you. How do you think our ancestors learned about edible products? Share your opinion in the comments.
Someone looked at the mucous contents of an accidentally broken shell, and suddenly a bright thought came to his mind: “Let me taste this rubbish! ... Look, it's not bad! — youdontknowme6 / Reddit
What genius managed to pull off an experiment with coffee beans? After all, they first need to be fried. And then to realize that they can be ground ... Still tasteless. What if you add some water and boil it? Well, that's already something! This is how our ancestors came up with coffee in the morning! — OriginallyFromNYC / Reddit
Only a tiny part of this fish of the pufferfish family is edible, and the rest of the features are deadly poisonous! So how did the first gourmets of humanity know which piece of fish was edible? They probably cried and injected themselves, but ... they continued the experiments! — Michael_Stone_UDA / Reddit
Most likely, the fisherman who caught such a lobster decided and took a chance: “Well, he looks terrible with these claws of his. Let me try and see how it tastes...” — quoted / Reddit.
5. Gympie Gympie
The Gympie Gympie tree, or stinging tree, grows in Australia. It is also known as the suicide plant because its burn is so painful that local sources have reported that people and animals have even committed suicide to avoid the pain. This pain can last for weeks, months, or even years.
Stinging tiny hairs cover the entire plant, but someone (perhaps a smart native) discovered that if each hair was carefully removed from a mulberry-sized fruit, it was quite edible! Imagine how much people worked to ensure that the fruit could be eaten! — __hey__its__me__ / Reddit
6. Chili pepper
Imagine that you find this bright pepper pod, bite it with an appetite ... and feel that a volcano has flared up in your mouth! But this does not stop you, and you decide he is perfect! You start adding it to your dishes like a spice. -Edgar- / Reddit
All the sky stars must converge so that someone would be the first to suddenly think of combining the ingredients and baking bread! He took flour and yeast from somewhere, got salt - and here you are not a cake, but a loaf! spheroid / Reddit
When you meet a swarm of aggressive wild bees in the forest, which are so easy to anger, it will forever discourage you from climbing into their hollow. But someone took a chance and climbed in, giving humanity sweet fragrant amber honey! Thank him very much! — coconut-greek-yogurt / Reddit
People have always picked mushrooms. But how can you tell what is edible from what is not? No way - only guided by bitter experience. Take some pretty mushrooms, eat them raw, or even cook them, and you'll die. But if you boil them 3-5 times, everything will be in order! — anon/Reddit
The French must have been omnivores or very hungry since it occurred to them to collect slugs and cook hearty dishes from them! Not only that, but they also declared them a delicacy! — anon/Reddit
An exotic root crop from the South American continent is like our potato. It is common in hot countries, just like our potatoes. There is the same side dish, and they make flour from it.
But cassava is poisonous unless it is peeled and thoroughly cooked. If eaten raw or improperly cooked, one of its chemical components will be attacked by human digestive enzymes and release the deadly poison cyanide. Just two cassava roots can contain a lethal dose. But one ancient Indian from Peru or Bolivia still figured out how to cook cassava properly! — Nuovo/Reddit
Castoreum, or beaver stream, is a sweet-tasting exudate released from the glands of the beaver, with which the animal marks territory. It has a powerful creosote odor and is used as an odor fixative in perfumery. And it is also used by some culinary specialists (though secretly).
For example, Blue moon contains the secret ingredient that gives Blue Moon its vanilla and berry flavors - gourmets suspect the product is spiced with castoreum. Who came up with the idea to add this “beautiful smell” to food? — BCProgramming / Reddit
13. Yogurt and cheese
At first, people drank fresh milk directly from under the cow. But they wanted to save some for later, and that's how sour cream, butter, cheese, and yogurt were born. Or maybe everything is more straightforward - the products turned sour, and I had to strain my brains and prepare fermented milk products. — NCCAM/Reddit
14. Blue cheese
The first one who declared it a cool delicacy, most likely, got hungry and went to the pantry for cheese. There he saw that the cheese was covered with mold, absolutely all! “So what? I’ll eat it anyway,” the gourmet decided and ate it. And so as not to point fingers at him, he declared moldy cheese the most expensive and best. — chayne108 / Reddit
This Viking dish is, in fact, rotten and then dried shark meat. Shark meat is unsuitable for food, but the ancient Icelanders were not at a loss and came up with a way to cook it - do not throw away the caught fish!
The Greenland shark is gutted and decapitated, then placed in a shallow hole, covered with sand and gravel, and pressed down with rocks to drain the liquid. So the shark is fermented for as long as 6-12 weeks, after which the carcass is cut into strips and hung to dry for several months. The crust on the meat is removed and then cut into small pieces and served. — msvivica / Reddit
The plant, which lives in the southern United States, has edible leaves. Well, how edible? Eating them raw will make you sick or even die, as the whole plant contains a neurotoxin that causes respiratory paralysis. The toxin will still kill you if you boil or fry the leaves.
How can this be edible? The Indians found the recipe! If you boil three times, drain the water three times, and only then fry the leaves, then perhaps you will eat and stay alive! — Kulladar / Reddit.
17. Maple Syrup
It was invented where a lot of maples grow - in Canada. A curious mind suggested: "Let's poke a hole in this tree, collect the juice, boil it for three days and see what happens!" — lovelyb1ch66 / Reddit.
It's just a cereal that grew itself and did not touch anyone. But a wise guy looked at a bunch of thick grass and thought: “Let me take these spikelets and dry them, break them, then polish them and cook them. Let's see what happens!" And the result was a lumpy and tasteless mess that has been feeding countries such as China and Indonesia for millennia. — snortypuff / Reddit
Walking along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, the first connoisseur of artichokes was very interested in the weed - prickly purple thistle: “What a wonderful plant! I’ll take it and start growing it, so it later becomes a gourmet delicacy!” — Sidmesh / Reddit.
A prickly and smelly fruit that is difficult to open. But, oddly enough, it has a very delicate vanilla taste. Someone hungry ate it for the first time, holding his nose with his fingers! — yirao / Reddit
The cactus, known to us as prickly pear, whose fruit has been a staple food in Mexico for thousands of years. They still eat it now, cutting off the thorns - it tastes like green beans, and the texture is tender, crispy, and juicy. The first gourmets did not see that the cactus pads were covered with sharp thorns. "It's nothing! I bet this cactus tastes amazing!” — ThePeasantKingM / Reddit.
It is now truffles served in Michelin-starred restaurants for big money, and the first person who appreciated them most likely herded pigs in an oak grove. “What is it that my piglet is rummaging under a tree and eating with appetite? It must taste damn good if pigs eat it!” — anon/Reddit.
Having tried cranberries directly from the bush, you can wrinkle - the berries are tart, sour and bitter. But someone did not look at it and began to use cranberries in pastries and salads - and it went! Yummy, what else to look for? — ctophermh89 / Reddit
How can one recognize the current favorite and leader in cooking in this nodule with a terrible smell and tears when cut? No way! But it occurred to someone to dig, remove the husk, chop, and put the onion in the stew. — dogsolitude_uk / Reddit
A true genius has created this sweet masterpiece from bitter cocoa beans! But how did he know? — Skitzcordova / Reddit
Fish in lye is another strange Scandinavian masterpiece. First, you go to the fish store. Then you leave it hanging on a stick for a few months to dry. Then put in water for a couple of days. Then you put it in lye water for a couple more days. And at the end, you put it back in clean water, cook, and eat. Why so much work to spoil the fish? — anon/Reddit
Five points to the one who first thought of rolling out the dough thinly, then cutting it into long strips. It turns out delicious! buzzbuzzwakeup / Reddit
28. Sea urchin
The first person to taste a sea urchin most likely dived into the depths of the sea and suddenly saw ugly prickly lumps at the bottom. "Remove anyway!" thought the diver, piercing all his hands. — Miryam / Reddit
29. Palm's heart
“Something this year is a crop failure of coconuts! Let's eat the whole coconut tree! No, only the core is better, and we will throw everything else away! — Cracked_Emerald / Reddit
You can't eat them straight from the tree. But how hungry you must be to figure out how to grind acorns into powder or leach tannins three times! And then they can make flour or "coffee." — mobiusteph/Reddit
31. Aki fruit
Even though most of this fruit is poisonous, it is still eaten. In Jamaica, aka is considered the national fruit and delicacy. They do not cook poisonous seeds but fresh hard peel. How was anyone able to figure this out in the first place? Xero-theory / Reddit
It is hard to believe, but there used to be so many sturgeon, beluga, and stellate sturgeon that caviar was the food of poor fishermen. Once upon a time, they walked knee-deep on it ... - jack28415 / Reddit
33. Guinness, cola, or any black drink
How did these drinks become popular? They were created by accident, and the sales went: “Look, this is not so bad for our business!” — Zeruvi/Reddit.
They are so tasteless on the tree that someone decided to pickle them: maybe at least they can be eaten like that? Or crush and get oil? This ancient Greek was a genius. — _thatsmeinthecorner_ / Reddit
How did people know that only a certain part of the pufferfish is not poisonous if cut properly? — SuccessfulFailure9 / Reddit
There are things that annoy everyone about 100% of the time. This can be loud chewing, snoring, or nail biting. Yes, at this moment you want, like in a movie, to turn the table over and get away so that you just don't see it. So we tried and found for you pictures of annoying things that people have shared on the Internet. In general, we look.
"Of course, I love the crust, but not that much."
"How my sister cuts lemons ..."
"It pisses me off when people with carts block the aisle in the supermarket, stopping and chatting with each other."
"If you do this, especially if other people are sitting in front of you, then you are a complete idiot."
"This is what my mom's remote looks like"
"How my sister finished her donut"
"This is how my glass bowl was delivered to me."
"My window seat without a window"
“Thank you FedEx. Of course, why would anyone care about a TV box at all? "
“My husband eats apples with a spoon. That's all I wanted to say"
"I Can't See My Brothers Graduation"
"My girlfriend opens the cereal like a real Neanderthal."
"The manicurist tried to prove to me that it is the same color."
"Where did my mother-in-law leave my baby's uneaten banana?"
"My partner thought it was okay to put this back in the refrigerator."
"This is what the children left behind in the library"
“How my dad puts food in the refrigerator. This is a piece of steak ... "
"Someone left these used cotton swabs in the train window."
"I live with monsters"
“The sixth day of living with a roommate. I'm looking for a new home "
A balanced diet with the right foods is the cornerstone of a healthy body. True, different peoples have very different taste preferences, and food that is considered healthy and useful in one part of the world may not be consumed at all in another. Although, of course, something in common is found in the cuisines of most peoples of the world. Bemorepanda collected some interesting facts about different products.
1. If you find it difficult to wake up in the morning, one fresh apple will help with this task even better than a cup of strong coffee.
2. Coffee and tea are quite addictive in many people.
3. Puffer fish is considered the most dangerous food in the world. If not properly prepared, you can easily die by eating just a bite. Fugu is only served in the best restaurants in Japan.
4. Nowadays, many additional ingredients are added to bread, one of the staple foods. One of these food additives is a product of duck feather processing.
5. Honey, so popular in many countries, is the semi-digested pollen that bees regurgitate.
6. In an especially large dosage, coffee can easily be poisoned.
7. In a number of Asian and African countries, insects, cooked in one way or another, are quite common and demanded food product.
8. In total, about 2 thousand species of plants for food are grown in the world.
9. Natural food colors are made not only from plant materials, but also from insects, in particular from some species of beetles.
10. Over the past decades, the content of nutrients in food has decreased significantly, as the priority is to reduce costs, not improve quality.
11. Some varieties of green apples shine so beautifully because a gene from a salmon fish has been inserted into them.
12. Apples, as you know, are very useful, but their bones are poisonous, especially in large quantities.
13. The usual orange carrot was once purple. Its orange varieties were bred by people, not nature.
14. We often decorate our meals with fresh herbs. This is a very old tradition - for example, the ancient Romans used parsley for this purpose.
15. The smell of garlic repels mosquitoes. However, it sometimes scares people off too).
16. Dairy products are not in demand in most Asian countries, with the exception of the Philippines.
17. Oysters are indeed a natural aphrodisiac, and quite powerful.
18. Apples and peaches absorb more pesticides as they grow and ripen than any other fruit.
19. Onions, when cut, release a corrosive gas that irritates the eyes, which is why tears come to them.
20. Of all meat products, the top 3 most popular are chicken, beef and pork.
21. Bananas are very popular in many countries. In India alone, they are grown over 20 million tons annually.
22. Bananas, melons and watermelons are botanically referred to as berries, and tomatoes are referred to as fruits.
23. Among all fruits, apples are the first in the world in popularity. Oranges follow with a small margin.
24. Honey can be stored longer than any other food. Subject to a number of conditions, it may not deteriorate until 2000-3000 years.
25. In Southeast Asia, hot peppers are included in almost all dishes.
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Who among us would refuse practical advice that is sometimes so necessary? Probably only the one who knows everything in the world and does not need hints, but there are probably only a few such people. Therefore, we want to share with you culinary life hacks that will surely come in handy if you decide to conjure in the kitchen.
Recommendations for rolling stuffed pita bread that you can fry and get yummy
If you have a man-shaped cookie cutter, then you also have a deer cookie cutter. Amazing, isn't it? Take a look at the photos below to understand how it works.
Use an apple slicer to cook chips
You can make grilled cheese in a waffle iron
Two frozen pizzas and one baking sheet? Not a problem!
Store grapes in the freezer to use as ice cubes in your wine. And when you're done drinking, you can eat wine grapes.
Just look at this!
When you've finished with a can of mustard, don't throw it away, but make a delicious salad dressing with just 4 ingredients: leftover mustard, apple bite, butter and jam (or berry mixture)
- In a mustard jar, add 15 ml of jam (preferably from sour berries).
- Fill the jar 25% with apple cider vinegar.
- And 75% vegetable oil.
- Close the jar with a lid and shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
- Enjoy the delicious dressing that can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks!
If you really feel like making a homemade hot dog but don't have buns, baked potatoes can be a great alternative.
Empty ketchup bottles make great batter dispensers
Grind some white rice in the grinder to remove odors.
If you want your French toast to have a delicious golden crust, add a little brown sugar to the egg before dipping the bread in this mixture.
In the event that you like grilled fish, but you do not want to suffer, cleaning the grill, just make a lemon "pillow" by placing the fish on it
The case when the lid is too small for the pan
Use a spoon to secure the strainer
If you prefer to cook rice in bags, then this life hack will tell you how to let the water drain.
Use parchment paper to keep the meat from sliding out when you beat it
Cooking meatballs? Lubricate your hands liberally with oil. The meat will not stick to your hands, and you will get a smooth, uniform meatball texture
If you need to cook perfectly shaped scrambled eggs, then use onion rings
The most expensive spice in the world is also one of the most useful and versatile in taste. It is self-sufficient, its rich tart and slightly burning intense taste is highly valued, and saffron also gives dishes a beautiful warm yellow color. What kind of spice is saffron - find out in our interesting facts.
Facts about Saffron
This spice is dried stigmas of flowers.
Saffron is made from a special kind of crocus. To get 1 kg of spice, you need to collect about 100,000 flowers, which are processed by hand and then dried over the fire or in braziers, where even one mistake will lead to loss of the crop. Such a laborious process makes it the most expensive spice in the world.
The highest quality and most delicious saffron is considered to be from Spain and then India. Crocus fields here are located in south-central Spain and in Kashmir. Less fragrant but inexpensive, is considered a spice from Iran, Pakistan, Italy and France.
Saffron is included in the recipes of all major growing regions - they cook paella, biryani, soups, stew meat, and poultry, and prepare curry with it.
Despite the mild aroma, it has a very intense taste. For one dish, you can take only 3-4 stigmas. The taste contains deep spicy overtones, and the aroma is vaguely reminiscent of laurel and flowers.
Saffron is an excellent natural preservative. Food prepared with it can be stored for a long time without refrigeration.
Saffron is a costly spice and is usually bought in grams. The price for one kg fluctuates, but usually, it is not less than a few hundred dollars.
The average price per gram starts from 6 dollars and depends on its quality and country of production.
With regards to the price per kilogram - you can find a spice at a price of around 205 dollars.
Where to add saffron
In ground form, it can be added during the cooking process, especially for stewing and boiling recipes.
Saffron stigmas need to be soaked before use. 3-6 stigmas should be poured with 20-30 ml of hot water or boiling water and let it brew for at least 5 minutes. Add orange concentrated liquid to the dish you are preparing.
The spice also has medicinal properties. In folk medicine, saffron has been used for many centuries, it is included in hundreds of recipes for treatments. The most distinguished are its disinfecting properties, a beneficial effect on the skin and the normalization of metabolic processes in the body.
Saffron can be found in dietary supplements - for example, iHerb sells vegetable capsules with the saffron extract.
According to the information from the manufacturer, the vegetarian dietary supplement increases energy and mental activity, supports the nervous system (which is important for perpetually twitchy office workers), improves mood and eliminates stress.
However, we remind you that dietary supplements are not a universal and individual thing, and it is better to consult a doctor before taking them.
What can replace saffron
There is a much cheaper analogue of saffron - turmeric. It is quite budgetary, is available in any grocery store and gives the dishes a pleasant tart flavor and beautiful color.
With regards to taste, it is better to combine turmeric with other spices for a richer taste of the dish. Alternatively, take a curry seasoning that contains turmeric and a mixture of other spices.
If you are looking for a substitute for saffron in paella or pastries, take turmeric - you will not lose.
The history of Saffron
This is the most aristocratic seasoning, which is often worth its weight in gold. However, saffron also has a hidden history. It has been used for centuries as a coloring agent, a luxurious self-tanner, and even as a serotonin stimulant. And this is true - all of the above refers to those very fragile reddish threads that are removed from the center of the purple crocus flower.
The origin of saffron is a mystery. Contradictory statements name various regions of a wide semi-desert belt as the original place of growth of this plant, ranging from Greece in the eastern Mediterranean to Central Asia. Today, the vast majority of saffron is still grown in this belt, with Iran being the largest producer in the world.
However, in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the center of the "saffron universe" temporarily shifted from the sun-drenched Mediterranean to rainy, foggy England. One particular region of England has become world famous for its saffron. In fact, every autumn its entire territory was covered with a carpet of purple petals. This fame was so great that the local trading town of Cheping Walden was eventually renamed Saffron Walden.
However, by the beginning of the nineteenth century, the saffron fields in Britain were completely destroyed. Two hundred years later, the restless British geophysicist David Smale decided to try again to cultivate English saffron. Theatlantic.com correspondents met with him right in the field, located in one of the protected corners of Essex, to learn how saffron is grown, how it is harvested by hand and dried, as well as about the "battle" that Smale is leading to to revive the lost art of successfully growing saffron in the damp soils of England.
Smale also said that "crockers," as the locals called the saffron pickers, have to take breaks during packing to keep from laughing. "This plant has a special aroma," said Smale. scientific data, and an absolutely amazing story.
Saffron - How is it stored?
Saffron should be kept away from light and extreme temperatures, tightly closed, preferably in a glass container.
Saffron - How is it used?
As much as possible, add it towards the end of the preparation period to avoid destroying the flavor.
The smell of saffron brings fresh earth, accompanied by a pleasant and refreshing breeze. The stamens are wide at the base and sharp at the tip when dry.
Saffron - the intensity of the pigment
The International Organization for Standardization imposes parameters that measure the intensity of the filament pigment: the more intense, the more valuable. The value scale is worthy of consideration especially when counterfeiting methods are so vast.
Saffron consists of the three pistils of the crocus. They are delicate, similar to filaments, each 2.5 - 4 cm long. They have an intense reddish-orange color, which is uniform for good quality saffron. Saffron with white stripes or discolored spots is of inferior quality, and when white threads appear in the saffron powder, this is a sign of counterfeiting. The aroma is strong, similar to that of honey and the taste is strong, honey, slightly bitter.
The benefits of saffron
Saffron is the most expensive spice in the world, a kilogram costing around 4,000 euros. About 150,000 flowers are needed to collect a kilogram of dried saffron. Luxury spice contains iron, volatile oils, proteins, sodium, potassium, vitamins B1 and B2, phytohormones. Here are some of the benefits of saffron:
1. Destroys cancer cells
According to The Telegraph, several substances found naturally in saffron have anti-cancer properties - inhibiting the growth of cancer cells.
2. Inhibits fat deposits and lowers cholesterol
Curcumin can also stop the spread of fat cells in the body.
3. Helps the heart and neurons
Added to food, saffron has a tonic effect on the heart.
4. Prevents blindness in old age
Several studies have shown that saffron improves vision and prevents macular degeneration, the most common cause of blindness, especially in the elderly.
5. Treat depression
Saffron tea has long been used to treat depression.
6. Improves blood circulation and regenerates the skin
In Chinese medicine, saffron is used to improve blood circulation.
7. Helps digestion
Saffron infusion facilitates digestion and is a good natural remedy for those suffering from bloating or constipation.
8. Healing in erectile dysfunction
The Greeks and Arabs used saffron as an aphrodisiac because it has hormone-like properties.
9. Anti-drunk medicine
10-15 g of saffron pistils, soaked for 3-4 hours in alcohol (50 ml) and administered on an empty stomach before a party prevent the onset of drunkenness and can induce repulsion to alcohol abuse.
Do not consume more than two grams of saffron a day. Saffron can also cause abortion, so pregnant women should avoid it.