World’s Strangest

Your source for the strangest things around!

Dietribes: Cabbage

• Cabbages are derived from the wild mustard plant of the Mediterranean region, and have been popular since ancient times. Cato the Elder praised the cabbage for its many medicinal uses. • Cabbages are highly nutritious, containing large amounts of Vitamin C, folate and fiber. That and its low calorie count is why some people use cabbage [...]

Dietribes: I Can Haz Cheeseburger

• Various dictionaries trace the first mention of the hamburger to 1889 as a “hamburg steak.” Or was it 1884 in the Boston Journal? Maybe, according to an entry in ”American Gastronomy” written by Louis Szathmary in 1974, the hamburger’s opening performance came in 1836 on a Delmonico’s menu. Regardless, it seems that this wholly [...]

Dietribes: Don’t Hold the Mayo, I Relish It!

• The origins of the word mayonnaise may be derived from mahonnaise, for the Spanish port of Mahon, where the French defeated the British in a 1756 naval battle. Others say it’s from the French verb manier “to mix or blend,” or from the Old French moyeu (egg yolk). Regardless, it seems the French are always [...]

Dietribes: The Green Bean Caper

• A bean by any other name … would still be a bean. Green beans are also known as French Beans (if you’re British), string beans or snap beans. • The Green beans we eat today are not, as many think, a native of North America but rather of Central and South America. Early varieties were especially [...]

Dietribes: Lima Beans

• Though we have come to pronounce them differently, Lima beans were indeed named for the capital of Peru where they have been growing for over 7,500 years. Through trading and cultivation, limas became popular throughout the world, spreading across central America and the United States to Europe and Africa via Spanish and Portuguese ships!   • Lima beans [...]

Dietribes: Parsing Down Parsley 

• Parsley’s popularity dates back to antiquity, where the herb was an integral part of life for both the Greeks and Romans. It was used in prized crowns for races, and given as a strengthening feed to Homeric chariot horses.  • Though parsley was considered an “herb of life” at funerals, superstition dictated that it [...]

Dietribes: Grapefruit

• Grapefruit, like all citrus fruit, is a Hesperidum: a large modified berry with a thick rind. If you see grapefruit growing on a tree, you will notice that they grow in clusters that resemble the shape of large yellow grapes, likely giving it its name. As for origins, most botanists agree that the grapefruit is [...]

Dietribes: Walnuts

• Walnuts may have originated in Persia, but they were used and discussed at length by the Greeks and Romans (particularly by Pliny the Elder). Pliny recommended walnuts for all sorts of things, from breath fresheners to helping eliminate gas in the intestines. Walnuts were also used in wedding customs, scattered by the groom among young [...]

Dietribes: Soy Sauce

• Originating over 2,500 years ago, soy sauce was likely a way to “stretch” salt, a historically pricey find. Lucky us, it has remained popular despite the increased availability of its featured ingredient! • Making soy sauce is now highly-automated, of course, but it used to be made by hand through a rather painstaking process. “One 19th century [...]

Dietribes: Simply Radishing

• Radishes were so highly valued by the ancient Greeks that small replicas of them were made in gold; beets were shown in silver and turnips in lead. The Greeks of the third century B.C. wrote of the radishes of their day, and a Greek physician wrote a whole book about the plant (and was mocked [...]