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1. Several ancient cultures viewed the apple as a feminine symbol and found aresemblance between the two halves of a vertically cut apple to the femalegenital system. Alternatively, an apple cut horizontally resembled apentagram, which was considered key in revealing knowledge of good andevil.2. The banana tree is not a true fruit at all but a giant herb and the banana isactually its berry. A banana plant produces only one bunch or “hand” in its life,10 Random Factsabout Food
but that bunch may have between 100 to 400 bananas. Despite its phallicshape, the banana is sterile and no fertilization takes place in the bananaflowers. A banana plant grows when one of its shoots is planted.3. Onion is Latin for “large pearl.” A basket of onions was considered arespectable funeral offering in ancient Egypt, second only to a basket ofbread. Onions, with their circular layers, represented eternity and were foundin the eyes of King Ramses IV who died in 1160 B.C.4. Kissing may have originated when mothers orally passed chewed solid food totheir infants during weaning.5. The earliest form of eating processed food occurred in early hunting cultureswhen the men who made a kill would be rewarded with a meal of the partiallydigested contents of the stomach of their prey.6. The largest item found on any menu is roasted camel which is still served atsome Bedouin weddings and was offered by royalty in Morocco severalhundred years ago. The camel is cleaned and then stuffed with one wholelamb, 20 chickens, 60 eggs, and 110 gallons of water, among otheringredients.7. Food and sex have been linked throughout history.Some foods are thought to have sexual powersbecause they resemble human genitals. Casanova wassaid to offer oysters to his potential partners to whettheir sexual appetite.8. At Delphi, the spiritual center of Greece, many cookswere needed to organize and direct sacrifices to thegods.9. Drinking fresh milk in the classical world was considered a luxury becausemilk was so difficult to preserve.10. The Arabs invented caramel, which served as a depilatory (hair removal)for women in a harem.Oysters have oftenbeen consideredaphrodisiacs