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History of Food
"The cuisines of many nations would not be what they are today were it not for the various ingredients that have circumnavigated the globe over the last millennium. Come along on a gastronomic journey."
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Tofu is an important part of traditional Japanese cuisine, but the earliest known reference to it existing in Japan is in an eleventh century document. From where did the Japanese learn the technique for producing tofu from soy beans?
Indian food has a very long history of flavourful curries, but one prominent ingredient in many of these dishes was not available to locals until around the beginning of the 16th century when trade links with the Americas were established. Which one?
Food in the Americas changed markedly in the 16th century, too. Which one of these Mexican foods was not prepared there before the European colonization of the Americas?
The French dessert menu of the 21st century wouldn?t be the same without chocolate, but when chocolate was first introduced to France, it was regarded with suspicion. Which of these was NOT something that helped broaden the appeal of chocolate in 17th century France?
It was hailed as an aphrodisiac.
After much debate, doctors decided that chocolate had curative properties.
It became associated with royalty and wealth.
It tasted great with frogs' legs!
Today, tea is the unofficial drink of England, but it wasn?t until the latter half of the 17th century that tea completed its migration from China to England. Which of the following is NOT true of the early consumption of tea in England?
Sometimes sheep dung was added to the leaves in order to make them the desired colour.
Tea first became popular with the working classes and was only gradually accepted by the nobility.
Tea became so popular that it contributed to a reduction in the consumption of alcohol.
Tea incurred a luxury tax and at its peak was taxed at a rate of over 100%.
Pizza, lasagna and spaghetti Bolognese are iconic Italian foods that have been embraced by people all around the world, but the modern recipes for these dishes contain an ingredient which was not known in Italy before the 16th century, and was not widely used in cooking there until the 18th century. What is it?
Brazil first cultivated this crop in 1727, provided 97% of the world's supply of it by 1907, and remains the world's leading producer of it at the beginning of the 21st century. What is it?
This food originated in South America, and was originally introduced to Europe as an anti-famine food, but by the 1840s the people of Ireland were so dependent on it that the crop's failure caused alarming rates of sickness and starvation. What is it?
Today this fruit is an icon of New Zealand, but it has only been grown there since 1904. In the past it has been known as the Ichang currant, the monkey peach and the Chinese gooseberry. What is this fruit often called today?
The vast majority of foods that sustained the Aboriginal people of Australia for thousands of years are no longer eaten by most Australians. Some indigenous foods are gradually becoming more popular, but only one has been produced commercially since the nineteenth century. Which one is it?
Quandon or desert peach
Wild honey or ?sugarbag?
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