Here's a humble welcome to part six of Ben's five friday food facts. In this week's installment I am sure you will find out some things you have never heard of before. I know I sure did when I was researching them.
1. Russia didn't count beer as alcohol until 2011
Yep, this is 100% accurate. Before 2011, beer and any alcoholic beverage under 10% ABV was thought of as a soft drink in Russia. I would then assume this means kids parties were a lot more interesting than they otherwise would have been, especially go ape style parties...
2. Cheese is the world's most stolen food
I found this one particularly amusing. Apparently, 4% of the world's cheese is stolen. There is even a black market for cheeses. I suppose the best way to steal some cheese would be to ride in on a 'masked pony'. Bad joke, sorry.
3. Lobsters and Oysters used to be working class food
Back in the day, oysters and lobsters used to be considered barely edible and just things from the ocean (some people still view oysters as inedible...). There even used to be a law on how much lobster you could serve a prisoner. The more lobster you fed them, the crueler you were.
4. Can you actually hear rhubarb grow?
Yes, you absolutely can. This is by using an old method known as 'rhubarb forcing'. What this means is you put your rhubarb in a dark shed which tricks it into thinking it's spring. This will then cause the rhubarb to grow at an alarming rate, so fast in fact that you can hear the rhubarb popping as it grows. How fascinating.
5. A quarter of the world's hazelnuts are used for Nutella
You know that delicious chocolate spread? The one made by a popular brand called Nutella? Well, they are responsible for using a quarter of the world's hazelnuts. A quarter! That is a huge amount for one company. The demand is so high for these nuts that universities are trying to find a way to grow them quicker in labs.