An eclectic collection of facts, trivia and statistics about various foods, beverages, plants and animals

You are here > Home > FOOD TRIVIA & FACTS

Also see: Food Articles and Cooking Tips



From Amateur & Basic Cooking Classes to Professional Chef Training & Degrees -  Associates, Bachelors & Masters
More than 1,000 schools & classes listed for all 50 States, Online and Worldwide


FREE Magazines
and other Publications

An extensive selection of free magazines and other publications

See also: Hellmann’s


Mayonnaise is a cold emulsified sauce made with raw egg yolk, oil, lemon juice or vinegar and seasonings.

It originated in the mid 18th century in Spain or France (although similar sauces had been made for centuries) and there are several stories of its origin.

Mayonnaise in the U.S. must contain at least 65% oil by weight, vinegar and egg or egg yolk. It may contain seasonings but NOT turmeric or saffron because their yellow color might give the impression of added egg yolk.

Hellmann’s Mayonaisse
(Best Foods Mayonnaise west of the Mississippi)

Richard Hellmann was a deli owner in New York City in the early years of the 20th century. He made his salads and sandwiches with his wife Nina's mayonnaise. It was so popular, that he began selling it by the scoop, and then in bulk to other stores.

In 1912 he built a factory for producing it in jars, and was an immediate success. His Blue Ribbon mayonnaise in jars contributed greatly to the surge in popularity of cole slaw as a side dish.

The world record for eating mayonnaise is held by Oleg Zhornitskiy; he ate 4 - 32 ounce bowls in 8 minutes.




  MAUI ONION TO MILLET   |   Maui Onions   |   Mayonnaise   |   Maytag Blue Cheese   |   McDonald's Restaurant   |   McIntosh Apple   |   Mead   |   Measures & Measuring   |   Meat Facts & Trivia   |   Meat Pies   |   Meat Substitutes   |   Meat Tenderizer   |   Mediterranean Blue Beans   |   Melba Toast   |  Melons   |   Menhaden   |   Menu   |   Mescal; Mezcal   |   Mesclun   |   Mesquite   |   Mesquite Meal   |   Metheglin   |   Methuselah   |   Meyer Lemon   |   Mexican Breadfruit   |   Mexico & Mexican Food   |   Mexican Turnip   |   Michigan   |   Microwave Ovens   |   Microwave Popcorn   |   Military Cooking   |   Milk   |   Milk Bottles   |   Milk Chocolate   |   Milkweed   |   Milky Way   |   Millet  


  Home   |   About & Contact Us   |   Bibliography   |   Food History Articles   |   Food Timeline   |   Catalogs   |   Free Magazines   |   Other Links  

Please feel free to link to any pages of from your website.
For permission to use any of this content please E-mail:
All contents are copyright © 1990 - 2016 James T. Ehler and unless otherwise noted.
All rights reserved.
You may copy and use portions of this website for non-commercial, personal use only.
Any other use of these materials without prior written authorization is not very nice and violates the copyright.
Please take the time to request permission. Logo



Popular Pages

Free Food Magazine Subscriptions


Recipe Videos, Food Safety, Food Science, Food Festivals, Vintage Commercials, etc.