Have you ever wondered where our food comes from? There are so many different types of food available these days, and many of us enjoy a balanced and varied diet. Some foods are more memorable and delicious than others, but all foods have an origin, especially the healthy ones. And we think it’s important to take a look at the origins of the food we eat so we can find out more about it.
Food is much more than simply fuel and energy for the body, and a lot of foods have deep rooted cultural links. This is why we instantly think of specific countries and cultures whenever we hear about certain foods. So, where do these foods come from, and what are the origins that got them to where they are today? We take a look at some popular foods and where they came from.
Many of us instantly think of Italy when we see a tomato – bolognese and pasta sauce are ubiquitous Italian foods, and they contain a lot of tomatoes. Introduced to Italy in the 1500s by Spanish explorers, tomatoes were not a popular food until the late 1600s. Over the centuries, tomato products began to spread across the Mediterranean due to the warm climate and became a staple dish for many people. The late 19th Century turned out to be a game-changer when canning began, and tinned tomatoes took to the world by storm.
Curry is one of the most popular and delicious dishes in the world. The term ‘curry’ was coined when Europeans began traveling to India, but it turns out that humans have been eating curry for a very, very long time, and may not even have realized. It’s thought that we were eating many of the individual components of curry for ages before we even put them together. Quite which genius decided to combine them and actually invented curry as we know it today remains a mystery – but whoever it is deserved a medal.
If you’re anything like us, you will instantly think of France when you hear mention of the word baguette. In fact, it’s estimated that the French go through 10 million of these delicious things each year. How the baguette got its stick-like shape remains a source of mystery, though many have credited Napoleon Bonaparte with it! Apparently, he tasked bakers with creating a new loaf of bread that could be tucked into soldiers’ pockets – and so the baguette was born!
Potatoes are a staple food in so many countries, and this is probably to do with the fact that they are so versatile. Many of us link potatoes to Ireland due to the catastrophic potato famine that occurred there. Sir Walter Raleigh is thought to have introduced them to Ireland in the 1600s, and they proved simple and effective for farmers to grow. In modern times potatoes have become one of the most delicious and widely eaten foods in the world, and we love them!
These are a few of the most popular foods that are enjoyed throughout the world. They are versatile, filling, and very tasty, and it’s interesting to see where they originated. We never knew that Napoleon invented the baguette, for instance! Now you know a little more about the origins of the food you eat, it helps you look at it in a different light, and it might taste that little bit better now.