November 24 is National Sardines Day
Here are today’s five thing to know about Sardines:
- Sardines live short lives, and grow quite quickly. They can reach a length of about 23cm in two years.
- Sardines are the most plentiful edible fish in the world.
- The main ingredient in Worcestershire sauce is fermented sardines.
- The term sardine was first used in English during the early 15th century and may come from the Mediterranean island of Sardinia, around which sardines were once abundant.
- The original ‘secret’ ingredient in Caesar Salad is crushed sardines.
Today’s Pinterest Board : Foodimentary
Today’s Food History
- 1762 The first written record of the word ‘sandwich’. Edward Gibbons Journal, 11/24/1762: ‘I dined at the Cocoa Tree….That respectable body affords every evening a sight truly English. Twenty or thirty of the first men in the kingdom….supping at little tables….upon a bit of cold meat, or a Sandwich.’
- 1859 ‘The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection’ was published in England.
- 1864 Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was born. French artist who documented Parisian night life in the 1890s with his insightful posters.
- 1873 Patent issued to Joseph F. Glidden for barbed wire. The beginning of the end of cowboys and the open range.
- 1916 Sir Hiram Maxim died. An American born inventor. Among his hundreds of inventions were a hair curling iron, a mousetrap, an automatic sprinkling system, gas motors, and a machine gun.