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Festive Friday Food Facts, Vol. 49

17th Dec 2021 - 06:00
To celebrate the final food facts of 2021 we have found a collection of festive and Christmas related facts for you to enjoy.
  • The Christmas tradition of a chocolate yule log is believed to have begun in France as a way of helping people without fireplaces to join this ancient mid-winter log-burning ritual.
  • And mulled wine has come down to us from the Romans, who used the addition of fruit and spices and heat to make otherwise unremarkable wine tastier and more aromatic.
  • In 1213 King John of England ordered 3,000 capons (castrated cockerels), 400 hogs and 1,000 salted eels for his Christmas dinner.
  • The heaviest turkey ever raised was 86 pounds, about the size of a large dog.
  • The three-bird roast has become popular recently, but in 15th century well-to-do households at Christmas might serve a ‘cockentrice’, which involved stitching the head and upper torso of a pig on to a rooster.
  • In November 2018, Linus Urbanec from Sweden broke the record for the number of brussels sprouts eaten in a minute (31)!
Written by
Edward Waddell