FOOD TRIVIA QUIZ #401
1) What breakfast food has a connection to the Christian Science religious system founded by Mary Baker Eddy?
2) One of the first shipments of this fruit reached the American colonies in 1690 at Salem, Massachusetts. They tried boiling them with pork. It took nearly 200 years after that culinary disaster for this fruit to catch on with North Americans.
Name this fruit.
3) I am native to all continents except Australia. Of my 450 varieties, many are used for food. According to Greek legend, I was the staple food of the Golden Age, although now I am mostly fed to animals. I was used as a rather inferior coffee substitute during the American Civil War, and I can be used to make a good flour.
What am I?
4) The product we know today came into being in 1902, but it had existed in similar forms for generations. During the Christmas season of 1902, packaging became an important factor. It was designed with a string attached to it so it could be hung as a Christmas tree ornament. In total, there have been 37 different varieties, currently there are 22. More than 40 million packages of these are sold each year, and they are exported to 17 countries. They are turned out at the rate of 12,000 per minute, and nearly 6,000 miles of string are used on the packages. Poet-philosopher Christopher Morley wrote a poem named for them.
What are they?
5) Named for the inventors, Forrest and Bruce, this food product was first made for use in the military. For 11 years from 1976 to 1987 one variety of this product was not produced, due to an action by the FDA, even though the FDA action did not effect this particular product! Many consumers protested, and the University of Tennessee was partially involved in forcing the company to reconsider the discontinuance of the one variety. Eventually the company relented and began producing it again. It was reintroduced it at about the same time as glasnost and the crumbling of the anti-Red scare. Focus groups were held to decide the correct proportions for the gradual reintroduction of the banned variety during the Christmas season of 1985.
Name this product.
6) This carnivorous fish ranges in size from 6 inches to 5 feet in length, but one Pacific species can reach almost 12 feet. The family contains about 100 species which are widespread in tropical and subtropical seas. They are found mainly in shallow water, where they live among reefs and rocks.
Their smooth, muscular bodies may be vividly marked or uniformly colored. One species is bluish and frequently covered with a yellowish algae which gives it a greenish hue. Some are dark brown with yellow and black markings. They have a large head and mouth, and small rounded gill openings on each side. They are typically nocturnal feeders, eating other fish and mollusks.
The Romans considered them a great delicacy, and wealthy gourmets bred them in expensive seaside fish-ponds. There is a legend concerning the unusual diet they were fed, and true or not, there are many mentions of how delicious these cultivated fish were. They have fatty flesh, but are fairly delicate in flavor and texture. Henry I of England is sometimes said to have died from indigestion caused by eating this fish, which can sometimes be toxic.
Name this fish.