Introduction to the series about my discoveries of 2018 explains why and how I started tracking what amazed me that I didn’t know this before. Some discoveries put me in a state of awe, but they are coming in the next parts. The first part is about what and how we eat.
See 018-Discoveries-Pinterest board for more related information.
(1) Pumpkin is a berry originated in North America. Berry!
(2) Even if you cut mold off vegetables and fruits it's not safe to eat them. Visible and invisible mold is bad for our liver and might lead to cancer. I knew that about bread. Why didn’t I think that it also applies to other food?
(3) Bell peppers are males or females based on the number of bumps. There is no scientific proof that lobes determine the taste, but it is believed that males with 3 bumps are better for cooking because they have few seeds, thus they are less sweet and better for cooking. Female peppers have 4 bumps and are full of seeds but are sweeter and better for eating raw.
(4) Russian Tea is a recipe for black tea with sugar and lemon. I started drinking it often since a re-discovery of this style this summer. Before that, I didn't drink tea with sugar for a long time. Coincidently, in 018 I stumbled upon George Orwell’s essay "A Nice Cup of Tea":
“Lastly, tea — unless one is drinking it in the Russian style — should be drunk without sugar. I know very well that I am in a minority here. But still, how can you call yourself a true tea-lover if you destroy the flavour of your tea by putting sugar in it? It would be equally reasonable to put in pepper or salt. Tea is meant to be bitter, just as beer is meant to be bitter. If you sweeten it, you are no longer tasting the tea, you are merely tasting the sugar; you could make a very similar drink by dissolving sugar in plain hot water.”
(5) Shiny or dull side of the foil paper - which one makes a difference? It didn't even occur to me until one YT video about baking a beetroot which side is right or wrong to use. Research for this post showed that probably there is no difference. Perhaps shiny is better. Also, rather than which side is out, a bigger difference may be made by how tightly the vegetable is wrapped. Tight wrap serves for better transfer of heat.
(6) Cacao, the food of the Gods, was used as currency in Maya and Aztec civilizations. Cacao (Theobroma cacao) belongs to the genus Theobroma. This scientific name is derived from the Greek words θεός (theos), meaning "god," and βρῶμα (broma), meaning "food". It translates to "food of the gods."
The video below is about The Cacao Plants by Manchester Museum led to the next discovery: you have to save the forest for the industrial cacao plants, without it cacao will die. Can you imagine a life without chocolate?