Rye and oats were originally weeds which grew in wheat fields, over time their seeds evolved to mimic wheat kernels so closely, they inadvertently became a crop themselves. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vav…
Out of 30,000 known edible crops, only 170 crops are grown on a commercially significant scale today and just 3 staple crops (rice, wheat & maize) provide 40 % of our daily calories intake. fao.org/fao-stories/artic…
Today I learned about Norman Borlaug, an American agronomist who is credited with saving over a billion people from starvation. He is called "the father of the Green Revolution" and bred a high-yield and disease-resistant dwarf wheat that helped many countries to battle mass starvation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
Pizza was invented in Naples, Italy. Since 2004, Italian law insists Neapolitan pizza must include wheat flour, flour yeast, mineral water, peeled tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, sea salt & olive oil to be considered pizza. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nap…
North Korean Ri Myung-hun, the world's tallest basketball player in the 1990s (at 235 cm/7" 8.5'), was scouted by many NBA teams. Kim Jong-il told a scout that he would allow Ri to play in the NBA if the team paid North Korea in wheat, but the US ban on trade with North Korea stopped that en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ri_…
The name "Triscuit" comes from "electric baked biscuit", which was a marketing ploy in 1903 to make wheat crackers appear modern. At the time, no other crackers were baked electrically. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
Out of 30,000 plant species, we only grow 170 on a commercially significant scale, and 40% of our daily calories come from three crops: wheat, rice and maize fao.org/fao-stories/artic…
Today I learned of the 1636-37 Tulip Mania speculative bubble, during which 1 Tulip bulb was exchanged for 2 lasts of wheat, 4 lasts of rye, 4 fat oxen, 8 swine, 12 sheep, 2 hogsheads of wine, 4 tuns of beer, 2 tuns of butter, 1000lbs. of cheese, a bed, a suit of clothes, and a silver cup. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tul…
Today I learned about the Oslo Breakfast, a meal that began to be served to Norwegian schoolchildren starting 1932. A typical version included an orange, milk, whole-wheat bread, rye biscuit, cheese, carrot and a spoon of cod-liver oil. It reportedly increased the average height of 14 year olds by 4 inches. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osl…
There is a low nickel diet for those with allergic contact dermatitis; restricted foods include whole wheat, shellfish, nuts, seeds, beans, lentils and peas, spinach, kale, lettuce, canned food, cocoa and chocolate skinanddiet.com/post/2018…
Yellow chex in chex mix are made from corn, while the brown are made from wheat. nyulocal.com/the-absolute…
"Wheat Jesus" is a billboard tourist attraction in the US mid-west roadsideamerica.com/tip/5…
(US-Style) Biscuits are generally of a better quality in the South because they require soft-wheat, which is grown and sold in the South almost exclusively. Soft wheat is better for biscuits but worse for bread - the opposite is true for the hard wheat of the North and West of the US. theatlantic.com/health/ar…
A bakers dozen is comprised of 13 because in medieval England there were laws that related the price of bread to the price of the wheat used to make it. Bakers caught cheating customers by overpricing undersized loaves were punished. For fear of coming up short, they would throw in extra. mentalfloss.com/article/3…
Norman Borlaug saved more than a billion lives with a "miracle wheat" that averted mass starvation, becoming 1 of only 5 people to win the Nobel Peace Prize, Presidential Medal of Freedom, and Congressional Gold Medal. He said, "Food is the moral right of all who are born into this world." worldfoodprize.org/index.…
Pringles are technically not potato chips, they are molded out of powdered potato, wheat, and other additives en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
The link between celiac disease and wheat was identified during the Dutch famine of 1944. The Nazis sent all Dutch agricultural output to Germany, resulting in famine. Kids with celiac improved and mortality dropped to near 0, until after the war when the mortality rate spiked again. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coe…
Soviets had nuclear tractors, aka Project Gamma Kolos, in an attempt to mutate wheat seeds before sowing them smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Today I learned about Andy George who spent $1,500 and 6 months making a single sandwich completely from scratch. He did absolutely everything from making his own cheese to harvesting his own wheat. He made his own salt and made his own oil. He grew sunflowers and collected their seeds to extract fat. fortune.com/2015/09/23/15…
Today I learned about UG99, a highly contagious wheat stem rust that can confer a 100% devastation rate to affected crops. It's essentially the Ebola of wheat and efforts are being made to stop it before we reach Wheatmaggedon en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ug9…
Hasbro has trademarked the smell of Play-Doh. It is described as a β€œsweet, slightly musky, vanilla-like fragrance, with slight overtones of cherry, and the natural smell of a salted, wheat-based dough.” gizmodo.com/hasbro-has-of…
"Of the 4 percent of the 250 000 to 300 000 known edible plant species, only 150 to 200 are used by humans. Only three - rice, maize and wheat - contribute nearly 60 percent of calories and proteins obtained by humans from plants." fao.org/3/y5609e/y5609e02…
Ug99 is a plant fungus that may threat worldwide wheat production in the future. It has the potential to cause a massive global famine since it causes up to 100% crop losses. So far, it has been detected in 22 countries in Asia and Africa. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ug9…
The Catholic Church has no gluten free hosts, as the pope decrees it must be of wheat. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
The first method of pregnancy test dates back to 1350 BC in Egypt. The method was urinating on wheat and barley seeds. If they sprout, you had a baby. Suprisingly, studies show that this test has a accuracy of 70%. youtube.com/watch?v=aOfWT…
In the UK it is illegal under the Plant Variety and Seeds Act 1964 (with many amendments) for an individual or organisation to give, trade or sell seed of an older variety of wheat (or any other agricultural crop) to a third party for growing purposes, subject to a significant fine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tha…
It is estimated that Italians eat over 27 kg (60 lb) of pasta per person. Pasta is so beloved in Italy that individual consumption exceeds the average production of wheat of the country; thus Italy frequently imports wheat for pasta making en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pas…
Humanity produces 1,000 times more transistors annually than GRAINS of wheat and rice combined realclearenergy.org/artic…
Today I learned of a guy who made a chicken sandwich literally from scratch -- he grew a garden, harvested wheat, slaughtered a chicken, travelled to boil ocean water for salt, etc -- it took him 6 months and cost him $1,500. He didn't think it tasted very good. today.com/food/making-chi…
The biggest part of the diet of everyone during the time of Jesus, from the poorest to the wealthiest, were grains, barley, wheat and legumes. About 80 percent of the people living in first-century Palestine were involved in agriculture and the Galileans of Jesus’ time were rarely overweight occatholic.com/would-you-…
Each year humanity produces 1,000 times more transistors than grains of rice and wheat combined realclearenergy.org/artic…
Pringle is not a potato chip. Procter & Gamble argued that Pringles were only 42% potato flour, with the rest mostly a slurry of wheat starch, corn and rice flour, and vegetable oil. They made this argument because according to Britain's 1994 VAT Act, potato products was subject to a 17.5% tax. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Lysenkoism advocated that rye could transform into wheat and wheat into barley, that weeds could spontaneously transmute into food grains, and that "natural cooperation" was observed in nature as opposed to "natural selection". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lys…
Whole grain and wheat breads are not necessarily healthier than white breads. One problem with the current definition of β€œwhole grain” is that it doesn’t account for fiberβ€”and many whole grain products on supermarket shelves contain very little. scientificamerican.com/ar…
During the Great Famine, the Ottoman Sultan "Abdulmejid I" couldn't donate more than Β£1,000, in order not to embarrass Queen Victoria's Β£2,000 donation. Wanting to donate more, he sent up to 3 ships filled with wheat and Indian Corn as a "hushed-up" gesture, not wanting to upset the Queen. irishcentral.com/news/new…
Because rice noodles are made with rice flour rather than wheat flour, they contain no gluten. This is important for people with celiac disease and gluten intolerance or allergy. The main health benefits of rice noodles are that they contain no gluten and are not made with eggs. healthyeating.sfgate.com/…
A Florida-based beer company created fully edible 6-pack rings from brewing byproducts such as wheat and barley; the rings are just as strong as the plastic variety, yet completely digestible and biodegradable blogs.discovermagazine.co…
Rye and oats used to be considered weeds in wheat fields. Because they would get weeded out if they didn't look like wheat, they also evolved to have large seeds. Eventually, their hardiness compared to wheat meant they were grown as food in colder climates. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vav…
Most of the bread marketed in the U.S. as "wheat" is actually white bread dyed brown with caramel food coloring. healthyeating.sfgate.com/…
Roman gladiators and legionnaires ate a vegetarian diet consisting of 78% carbohydrates, mainly from wheat or barley ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
An estimated 15 – 21% of bakers have Baker’s asthma, which they develop following sensitization to cereal grains like wheat, rye and yeast. Guidelines have been set to limit the amount of flour dust per cubic metre and bakers employ strategies to minimize their exposure to flour dust. theconversation.com/how-b…
Wheat contains amylopectin A, which is more efficiently converted to blood sugar than just about any other carbohydrate, including table sugar. In fact, two slices of whole wheat bread increase blood sugar to a higher level than a candy bar does. theatlantic.com/health/ar…
The earliest home pregnancy test came from Ancient Egypt.In 1350 BCE women were advised to urinate on wheat and barley seeds over the course of several days;if the wheat sprouted the woman was having a girl and if the barley sprouted,a boy.If neither sprouted she wasn't pregnant. mentalfloss.com/article/4…
The Book of Mormon suggests that there were donkeys, cattle, horses, oxen, sheep, pigs, goats, elephants, wheat, barley, figs, silk, steel, brass, scimitars, and chariots in Pre-Columbian America. None of them existed in America before Columbus. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Norman Ernest Borlaug was an American agronomist and humanitarian who led initiatives worldwide that kickstarted "The Green Revolution". Borlaug is credited with saving over 1 billion people from starvation worldwide, due to his work in creating a high yielding and disease resistant wheat plant. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
Rihanna was once told to "cover up" by a local councillor in Northern Ireland. She was filming in his wheat field when he felt "things were getting inappropriate" when she striped down to a bra. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-norther…
Laksa is a spicy noodle soup popular in Peranakan cuisine of SE Asia. Laksa consists of thick wheat noodles or rice vermicelli with chicken, prawn or fish, served in spicy soup based on either rich and spicy curry coconut milk or on sour asam. CNN Travel ranked 7th most delicious food in world en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lak…
"the world has more than 50,000 edible plants, yet just three commodity cropsβ€”rice, maize, and wheatβ€”provide 60 percent of the plant-derived calories we eat" news.nationalgeographic.c…
The ancient Egyptians were able to test up to %70 accuracy that a woman was pregnant or not by having them pee in two diffrent bags. One with wheat and the other barley. science.howstuffworks.com…
Today I learned about Eva Ekblad, a Swedish countess and scientist that discovered a way to make alcohol and wheat from potatoes, freeing up other valuable crops and significantly reducing Swedish famines. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eva…

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