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Just 27 (Legit Interesting) Food Facts That I Think About Constantly

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1. A single spaghetti noodle is called a spaghetto.

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2. The all-time bestselling food items at Costco are rotisserie chicken, bacon, and food court hot dogs.

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Prices of the hot dogs ($1.50) and chicken ($4.99) haven't changed since they were introduced more than a decade ago. (Also, the only other thing that Costco sells *more* of than these? Toilet paper.)

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3. Fruity Pebbles are just grains of white rice that have been flattened and puffed up again.

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With some coloring and flavoring added.

4. This is how quinoa grows.

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The part of the quinoa plant that we eat is the seed. But to get the seed, the plant first needs to flower.

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5. McDonald's fries were cooked in beef fat until 1990.

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But in an effort to make them seem healthier, they're now cooked in vegetable oil.

6. Rhubarb leaves are poisonous in large doses.

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The raw leaves contain oxalic acid, among other things. And if you eat a ton of them, it can be lethal.

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7. Raw cashew shells are poisonous too.

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They contain urushiol, which is toxic. To remove it, cashews go through an extensive roasting or steaming process before they're packaged and sold.

8. Glass Gem corn!! It exists. 😍

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Oklahoma farmer Carl Barnes spent years breeding the colorful corn as a way to reconnect with his heritage.

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9. Mahogany cake was America's first chocolate cake β€” though it's been largely forgotten since.

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Justice for mahogany! Dating back to the 1800s, it's America's first chocolate cake on record. Early versions used ermine frosting, a whipped buttercream that was the icing of choice in the US before cream cheese frosting came along.

10. Reese's Pieces have a different filling than Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.

The filling of Reese's Pieces has a slightly different formula and consistency. Also, the color distribution of the Pieces is preset: A bag or box will be approximately 50% orange, 25% brown, and 25% yellow.

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11. Pineapples can take two to three years to grow.

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It's a looong process. The next time you grab one at the grocery store, think about how far the thing has come!

12. It can take at least three years for a vanilla plant to produce its first vanilla bean.

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Real vanilla is incredibly labor-intensive to produce. When the flowers finally do bloom, they stay open for only one day and have to be pollinated within 12 hours.

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13. Asparagus grows straight outta the ground.

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All varieties: green, white, purple.

14. Asparagus can also get ridiculously big.

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15. In 2018, Butterfinger changed its recipe.

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The brand reworked the chocolate mixture, among other things. (But worth noting? Some people really hated the new version.)

16. Ritter chocolate bars were invented to be square so they could fit into jacket pockets without breaking.

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And earlier this summer, Ritter won a German lawsuit allowing it to be the only major chocolate brand to sell a square bar rather than a rectangular one.

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17. Cilantro and fresh coriander are the same thing.

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They're just two different names to describe the same plant. (There are also coriander seeds β€” which come from the plant too, and you can find them whole or ground up into spices.)

18. Peaches and nectarines are basically the same, too.

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They're almost genetically identical except for one thing: a gene that's either dominant (peaches) or recessive (nectarines). That's what makes the skin either smooth or fuzzy.

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19. Brussels sprouts, kale, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and kohlrabi all come from the same plant.

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Brassica oleracea was selectively bred over hundreds of years to create dozens of very different veggies.

20. Sour Patch Kids and Swedish Fish have the same base.

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Sour Patch Kids are just pumped into a different mold and finished with a sour coating.

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21. Allspice isn't a mix of other spices.

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Although it smells like nutmeg and cinnamon, Allspice is actually a fruit that's picked, dried, and sold either as whole "berries" or ground up into its own spice.

22. Jam is made with fruit β€” and jelly is made with fruit juice.

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Jam is made with fruit, sugar, and often pectin (a thickener). Jelly is made with fruit juice, sugar, and pectin. Another way to remember the difference? Jam is chunky (it'll have mashed fruit); jelly is smooth.

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23. One of the most bizarre food-related disasters in history was the Great Molasses Flood in Boston.

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In 1919, a storage tank that contained more than 2 million gallons of molasses exploded. It flooded Boston streets, crushed buildings, and killed 21 people and injured 150 more.

24. The same guy invented Cool Whip, Pop Rocks, and Tang.

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Minnesotan William A. Mitchell = a busy dude!

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25. A few years ago, Nabisco redesigned its famous animal crackers box after PETA flagged it.

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The new design uncages the animals and puts them in the wild.

26. On Sesame Street, Cookie Monster's cookies are actually painted rice cakes.

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That's because the grease from the chocolate and oil in real cookies could damage the puppets.

27. And lastly, too much nutmeg can get you high.

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It contains myristicin, a compound that has hallucinatory qualities β€” and bad side effects β€” if ingested in very large doses. (Don't try it, obvs.)

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