According to our newest eReference book, Americans eat between one and two pounds of insects every year. I regret learning this fact.
To learn more interesting things about what you eat and where it came from, check out Food and Drink in American History. Check out the fantastic history of what we eat, and discover more wild facts, like these:
- Bananas were first introduced to the United States “at the Philadelphia Centennial World’s Exposition. A guard had to be stationed next to the tree to prevent fairgoers from stealing the bananas.”
- Grape juice was strongly associated with the temperance movement.
- Patricia Rain was also known as the Vanilla Queen.
- You can make wax paper at home.
Finally, check out some historical recipes, like this lemon catchup, which you probably should not try at home.