Know Where Your Food Comes From

“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.”  – Luciano Pavarotti

Food undoubtedly holds a very special place in our lives. Ours is the best of times for food lovers. We can order and savor exotic dishes from lands of Mexico, India,Middle East,Italy and France sitting at a roadside restaurant in The USA. We can relish on Macaroni Cheese  for the breakfast, Chicken Masala Tikka and Naan for lunch and Thai Gourmet for the Dinner in a single day. There’s a wide range of food everywhere for us to relish.

A few centuries ago, this was a dream.

People traveled for months to relish on their favorite dishes.  The things that are sitting in our kitchen today were bought and sold like gold a hundred years back. More than two-thirds of the crops that underpin national diets originally came from somewhere else — often far away

Let us understand where our Food originated from

  1. Chocolate

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South Americans were the first people to consume Chocolate as a bitter drink. The Aztecs believed that cacao seeds were the gift of Quetzalcoatl, the god of wisdom, and the seeds once had so much value that they were used as a form of currency. Originally prepared only as a drink, chocolate was served as a bitter, frothy liquid, mixed with spices, wine, or corn puree. It was believed to have aphrodisiac powers and to give the drinker strength.

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  1. Black Pepper

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Black pepper journeyed across thousands of miles and thousands of years making its way, as the king of spices, to your kitchen pantry.Indians living in the Western Ghats were the first people to produce and consumes black pepper since at least 2000 BCE.
The spice, valued so highly, was as precious as a pearl and the peppercorns were used as a form of money along the trading routes.

 

3- Coffee

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It is hard to imagine that people once  literally survived without coffee.It was first discovered in Ethiopia in the 11th Century.The earliest credible evidence of coffee-drinking appears in the middle of the 15th century in the Sufi shrines of Yemen

Thomas Jefferson quoted, ” Coffee – the favorite drink of the civilized world.” which was referred as the Muslim Drink and Bitter Invention of Satan in major cities of England.Despite,banning coffee in many cities ,by the mid-17th century, there were over 300 coffee houses in London.

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4- Pasta

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One can not describe Italy without mentioning its Food and when we think of food, we think of Pasta. It is a staple food of traditional Italian cuisine, with the first reference dating to 1154 in Sicily. However, a theory says Marco Polo returned from China in 1295 with pasta. Since China is an ancient civilization, with a complex culture dating back 5,000 years, it’s likely that pasta existed in China very early.Most food historians believe that Arabs (specifically from Libya) are to be credited for bringing pasta whereas others believe it to be Greek.The word ‘pasta’ itself comes from the Latin ‘pasta’ meaning ‘dough, pastry cake’ which probably came from the Greek word ‘pastos’ – ‘sprinkled with salt’, ‘salted’.

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5- Macaroni and Cheese

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Since the Kraft Company put it in a box in 1937 every American kid grew up with macaroni and cheese. There can be no doubt that its ultimate origins are Italian, as one finds macaroni and cheese recipes from the late thirteenth century in southern Italy but there are stories taking it back to the Etruscans, the Chinese, the Greeks, and the Romans, as well as the Arabs.

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6- Sugar

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Nobody wants it but everyone craves for it – Sugar.The people of New Guinea were probably the first to domesticate sugarcane, sometime around 8,000 BC. However, the extraction and purifying technology techniques were developed by people who were living in India. Indians discovered how to crystallize sugar during the Gupta dynasty, around 350 AD.

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7- Basil

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It is also called the “king of herbs” and the “royal herb”. The name “basil” comes from Greek word meaning “royal/kingly plant”.

Basil is native to India and has been cultivated there for more than 5,000 years mainly as  a condiment for foods, in ayurvedic medicine, herbal medicine, and cosmetics

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8- Cheesecakes

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In Greece, the cheesecake was considered to be a good source of energy, and there is evidence that it was served to athletes during the first Olympic games in 776 B.C. Greek brides and grooms were also known to use cheesecake as a wedding cake.

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9- Pizza

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The Origin of Pizza is uncertain and a lot depends upon exactly how you define “pizza.”

If you think of pizza as a flat bread cooked in an oven, then its origins go back to the Middle East. The ancient Babylonians, Israelites, and Egyptians all ate unleavened flat breads baked in mud ovens.

If you think a pizza has to have toppings, then its history dates back to the ancient Greeks and Romans. They both ate baked flat breads that were topped with olive oil and local spices. The pizza we’re all familiar with — the kind with tomato sauce, cheese, and toppings — did originate in Italy.

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10-Honey

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The honeybee is believed to have originated in southern Asia, although some scholars say Africa. About 12,000 varieties of bees exist in the world, yet only a few called Apis mellifica store honey.

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