February 3 is National Carrot Cake Day
Here are today’s five thing to know about Carrot Cake:
- Carrots were first cultivated in north Africa & the Mediterranean. They originally were purple or grey in color. Introduced to Europe around 1000 years ago.
- The weed/flower Queen Anne’s Lace is actually a wild carrot. Many say carrots were planted in colonial gardens; went to seed & soon spread across North America.
- Jello in the 1930’s offered ‘carrot pie’ flavored gelatin.
- People first grew carrots as medicine, not food, for a variety of ailments.
- Carrots are one of the rare vegetables which are more nutritious cooked than raw
Daily Quote: “I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number of carats in a diamond.”
Today’s Pinterest Board : Foodimentary
Today’s Food History
- 1468 RIP Johannes Gutenberg, inventor of moveable type printing. Inspired by the screw presses used in winemaking.
- 1815 The world’s 1st commercial cheese factory was established in Switzerland.
- 1913 The 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. It gave Congress the power to levy taxes on income. In 1913 less than 1% of the population paid income tax at the rate of 1%. Before this taxes were acquired primarily on food, merchandise sales, etc.
- 1916 The Cafe Voltaire opened in Zurich, Switzerland, a meeting place for members of what was to be known as the Dada movement.
- 1959 The day the music died. Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens & J.P. Richardson (The Big Bopper) are killed in a plane crash near Mason City, Iowa.
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