Can you tell a kiwi from a durian? How about a T-bone from a Porterhouse steak? The world of food is filled with bites great and small, tart and tangy, sweet and ridiculously, tongue-meltingly spicy. How many of them can you identify? This quiz will put your foodie brain to the test!
One place where knowing your foods is significant is in the produce department, especially if you're buying peppers to make a dish. Confusing a bell pepper with a poblano will get you a slightly spicier result than you'd planned, but it's nothing too horrible. However, confuse a cherry pepper with a Scotch bonnet, a jalapeno with a habanero, and you're really in for trouble! Your guests will be reminding themselves to never trust your cooking again while they're trying to eat or drink anything that will quench the fires in their throats.
You'll want to be on your toes when it comes to pasta, too. If you buy ziti when you need cavatelli, your dish won't come out the way you planned. Try to make macaroni and cheese with vermicelli, and you'll have a mess on your hands!
So grab a snack, pour your favorite beverage, and tune up your foodie brain for our delicious quiz!
Yes, blood sausage is actually made of blood cooked up with various natural flavorings, oats, barley, or breadcrumbs. It's all stuffed into a sausage skin and is eaten around the world. Some people find the idea revolting, but blood sausage, or black pudding, is actually a popular and tasty dish.
Pine nuts are tasty sprinkled onto salads and fish. Try adding a handful to your strawberry-spinach salad for some protein!
The Vodka Martini might just be the most classic drink out there. Almost every cocktail has a murky past, and this one is no different. Some say it was invented in a bar in Martinez, California. Others think its name can be traced to the Italian vermouth brand. And others claim it was bartenders in New York or San Francisco. In any case, the 19th of June is National Martini Day, so make sure you celebrate.
Did you know that green beans are actually an unripe fruit? Whether you are steaming them or baking them in your next casserole, green beans are full of nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin K and vitamin B-6.
Sunflower seeds are popular for spitting at sporting events, especially baseball games. They are tasty plain, or for something different, try one of the many flavored versions!
The whiskey sour is a mixed drink containing whiskey or bourbon, lemon juice, sugar, and sometimes a dash of egg white. With the egg white, it is usually called a Boston Sour. For those who do not like or cannot have egg white, pineapple juice is used as a substitute. A variant of the whiskey sour is the Ward 8, which is often made with bourbon or rye whiskey and includes lemon juice, orange juice, and grenadine syrup as the sweetener.
The edible portions of this plant are the flower buds. Artichokes are packed with good nutrients like vitamin C, potassium and lots of dietary fiber.
In 2002 the USDA decided to reduce the size for the holes in Swiss cheese by 50% because modern slicing machines had problems slicing the Swiss with its larger holes. During the manufacturing process, a particular bacteria that produces the flavor and texture of Swiss also produces carbon dioxide gas as its by product, which produces the holes.
Sesame seeds have a distinct, nutty taste and are very small in size. They add a spike of flavor and nutrition to many Asian dishes, such as Mandarin chicken salad and sweet-and-sour chicken.
A giant wheel of cheddar was given to Queen Victoria (1837-1901) as a wedding gift. It weighed over 1,000 pounds, massively bigger than a normal Cheddar wheel, which weighs between 60-75 pounds. Cheshire cheese is the oldest cheddar type cheese and the oldest named cheese in Britain.
What type of tree produces acorns? The oak tree, which is not only a pretty tree for the backyard, but also a sustainable home and food source for squirrels!
Summer squash is actually just an immature squash harvested early. They still have a lot of vitamin C and vitamin B-6.
Escargots à la bourguignonne, a popular gourmet dish in France, is made of snails cooked in white wine, garlic, butter and parsley. They are served in their own shells. Said to have a similar consistency to mussels or clams with a pretty rubbery texture.
Marmite is made from yeast extract, a by-product of brewing beer, and looks like a sticky, brown paste that’s usually spread on toast or eaten with cheese. It's one of those "love it or hate it" products not everyone can appreciate.
Did you know that beets are an anti-inflammatory? This root vegetable makes a great addition to a salad and offers many cancer fighting agents that can help detoxify your body.
Pepper Jack is a derivative of Monterey Jack, the original “American” cheese. As its name suggests, the cheese is flavored with different spices, like sweet peppers, rosemary, habañero chilies, garlic, and spicy jalapeños, all of which are added for an extra kick. Pepper jack goes well with jalapeño peppers, melons, grapes, pickled vegetables, and olives.
In 1941 at the Cock ‘N’ Bull in Hollywood, the bar owner found himself unable to sell either the cases of Smirnoff Vodka he had purchased or the bottles of house-made ginger beer he was trying to clear out of his basement. An immigrant named Sophie Berezinski came to California with 2,000 copper mugs she had designed in her father’s copper shop in Russia. The bar owner bought the mugs to make his drink stand out, and the drink was born.
What's the difference between the black walnut and the English walnut? The English walnut's shell is easier to break, and it has a milder flavor than the black walnut.
Did you know the sweet potato is a root vegetable? With oodles of potassium, dietary fiber and vitamin B-6, the sweet potato is one of the world’s super foods.
Popular in the US, Rocky Mountain Oysters are not actually oysters despite their name. What you see are bull testicles deep fried in a batter of flour, pepper and salt. This dish, which can be also made of pig or sheep testicles, is well-known as a true Western delicacy.
The Mozzarella most people know and love in America isn't considered authentic by Italian standards. Even so, it is the most popular cheese in the United States. The USDA estimates that per-capita, mozzarella consumption comes to 11.5 pounds a year. As one of the freshest cheeses in the world, it should be eaten as soon as possible after it's made.
Asparagus is an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin B-1, and vitamin C. Did you know that it can change the smell of your urine?
Meet the famous American mystery meat. It's believed that Spam is made from chopped pork shoulder meat, ham and potato starch, but nobody is really sure what ends up in there.
The first documented definition of the word "cocktail" was in response to a reader's letter asking to define the word in the May 6, 1806, issue of The Balance and Columbian Repository in Hudson, New York. The paper's editor wrote that it was a potent concoction of spirits, bitters, water, and sugar. The first use of the name Old Fashioned for a Bourbon whiskey cocktail was at the Pendennis Club, a gentlemen's club founded in 1881 in Louisville, Kentucky.
Did you know that tomatoes are actually a fruit? Once called “love apples,” tomatoes are a healthy fruit to eat and are packed with vitamin C.
Cheese lovers will tell you to never, ever use plastic wrap, but a little plastic is key to protecting Brie’s creamy interior. Wrap the cut side in plastic and then put it in a box to preserve the rind. Brie is a textbook bloomy cheese, and you can eat the rind. There are three main types of rinds: bloomy, washed, and natural.
Wild rice comes from different varieties of grasses and gives your rice dish an extra touch of flavor and color. It is a great substitute for bread at dinner!
This traditional Sardinian dish is just sheep’s milk cheese but it contains live insect larvae. In theory, these little maggots are supposed to enhance the flavor, but they start to jump when they panic and if you consume them, sometimes they survive in the stomach and burrow into your intestines. Sounds delightful.
Rhubarb makes for a great pie, tart, or as an additive to sauces. It is a perennial vegetable that grows well in most of the United States.
Just enough salt is used to prevent the raw Baltic Sea herring from rotting so when opened, it releases such a pungent aroma that it usually needs to be eaten outside. If you can eat it, of course.
Did you know radishes are a root vegetable? Eaten mostly raw as an addition to a salad, the radish is full of riboflavin, B-6 and potassium.
The first American blue cheese plant was founded by Felix Frederickson in 1936 in Faribault, Minnesota. Roquefort cheese is a specific type of bleu cheese that is made in the south of France. Other bleu/blue cheeses are Stilton (England), Gorgonzola (Italy), Danablu (Denmark), and Maytag Blue Cheese (US).
The history of the Mojito is a mystery, but most are sure it was concocted in the 1500s, making it one of the oldest mixed drinks still consumed today. Mojo means a magic charm or talisman. It likely has roots in an African language. Pierce Brosnan’s Bond enjoys a Mojito while chatting up Jinx (Halle Berry) in the 2002 movie, Die Another Day, which helped make this drink popular again.
Pistachios are one of the more expensive nuts, but they sure are tasty! Crack the shell open to find a pretty, light green nut, rich in flavor. Have you ever tried pistachio ice cream?
Tacos with pork brains, sesame, soy sauce, and green onions have an incredibly bad reputation now. Not long ago, ABC News told told a story of one Arizona woman who had to undergo six hours of surgery to remove a worm that had lodged in her brain. Her doctors are pretty sure that the parasite got into her system after she ate a pork taco in Mexico.
Colby is a Wisconsin Original cheese, first crafted in the central Wisconsin town of Colby back in 1885 by Joseph F. Steinwand. Wisconsin is home to 38 manufacturers of colby cheese and has 12 Master Cheesemakers of colby. Wisconsin makes 40 different types and styles of colby, including cranberry, dill, garlic & onion, jalapeño, olive & chive, taco, smoked and more. Colby-Jack is a combo of colby and Monterey Jack.
The tree that this nut comes from is very valuable to the Amazon rainforest. The Brazil nut tree grows along the Amazon River and is harvested for its nuts and oil.
The origins of the Margarita are unknown. The most widely spread rumor is that an American socialite named Margarita Sames created the drink for her friends in 1948. One of her party guests was Tommy Hilton, who added the drink to the bar menu at his hotels. Twenty-six-year-old Mariano Martinez invented the frozen Margarita machine in the early '70s, in Dallas, Texas.
Did you know broccoli is part of the cabbage family? Did you also know it can help treat type 2 diabetes? It can also help with proper bone and hair growth.
Almost 90% of all cheese sold in the United States is classified as a cheddar type cheese. White Cheddar Cheese does not attract the brown mouse, grey mouse, or white mouse. However, it will attract the Relic Hunter Mouse. Pizza Hut is the largest cheese-using fast food giant; it uses approximately 300 million pounds of cheese annually, mostly on pizza.
A recipe for Long Island Iced Tea is first mentioned in print is in Betty Crocker's New Picture Cook Book in 1961, and then again in the American Home All-Purpose Cookbook by Virginia T. Habeeb in 1966. However, Robert "Rosebud" Butt firmly believes he invented the Long Island Iced Tea during a cocktail-creating contest in 1972.
Although they taste quite different, almonds, peaches and apricots are in the same family. Like its fruit cousins, the almond also has a fuzzy outer shell.
Ying Yang Fish is a brutal but popular dish in Chinese cuisine and consists of deep-fried carp or other fish that remain alive even after cooking. After the fish's whole body is rapidly deep-fried, it's served immediately and supposed to be eaten while its head is still fresh and moving. Yuck!
The Bloody Mary is an extremely famous cocktail and doesn't really need to be introduced. It is often the go-to hangover “cure” and is usually consumed early in the morning for that purpose. The Bloody Mary has many variations, but they all include vodka, tomato juice, and a selection of spices for flavor. Apparently, some people attribute at least the name of the drink to Queen Mary, for her brutal attempts to return Catholicism to England.
Mascarpone is a type of cheese that is similar to cream cheese in terms of taste and texture. This cheese is often used in traditional Italian desserts, such as tiramisu, because it's creamy and has a mild taste. The primary vitamin present in more than just a trace amount in mascarpone is vitamin A, which keeps your eyes healthy and helps you see in low light.
Sakura-niku, literally translated as cherry blossom meat, is not as nice as it sounds. In fact, it's just raw horse meat served on its own, or as part of sushi, named like this because of its intense red or pinkish color.
The Pina Colada is a sweet, rum-based cocktail made with rum, coconut cream, and pineapple juice, usually served either blended or shaken with ice. It may be garnished with a pineapple wedge, a maraschino cherry, or both. The Pina Colada was supposedly created in 1954 at the Caribe Hilton’s Beachcomber Bar in San Juan, Puerto Rico, by Ramón “Monchito” Marrero. It has been the official beverage of Puerto Rico since 1978.
Both double- and triple-cream cheeses have extra cream added before the curd is formed. According to French law, a double-crème cheese has between 60-75% butterfat. Double- and triple-cream cheeses are usually young, with high levels of moisture. Triple-crème cheeses showed up about 75 years after Petit Suisse was introduced. These uber-creamy cheeses also found their origins in Normandy.
Planter's Punch is an old rum drink. The most common recipe is 1/3 rum, 1/3 orange juice, 1/3 pineapple Juice, and a dash of grenadine. Punch is the term for a wide assortment of drinks, both non-alcoholic and alcoholic, generally containing fruit or fruit juice. The drink was introduced from India to the United Kingdom in the early seventeenth century.
Garbanzo bean is another commonly used name for the chickpea. It is used to make hummus, that delicious dip you love dipping your veggies and naan bread into!