July 13, 2012 at 9:48 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Foodimentary - National Food Holidays

Five Food Finds about French Fries:

  1. French fries are, perhaps, poorly-named, since they originate in Belgium and are most popular in America.
  2. In England these are referred to as “chips”
  3. Though French fries were invented in Europe, the potatoes, from which they are made, originated in the Americas and were imported.
  4. Leaving the potato skin on French fries actually leaves in important vitamins that are lost if the skins are peeled away.
  5. The first occurrence of French fries in America may have been at a diplomatic dinner hosted by Thomas Jefferson.

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

  • 1568 The Dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral developed a method to bottle beer.
  • 1794 James Lind R.I.P. Lind was a Scottish physician who recommended that fresh citrus fruit and lemon juice be included in the seamen’s diet to eliminate scurvy. The Dutch had been doing this for almost two hundred years.
  • 1864

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