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Old 07-01-2005, 02:25 PM   #1
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Test your food knowledge

1) Where does cream of tartar come from?
[a] tartar sauce; [b] old wine casks; [c] a plant

2) Where is the highest concentration of vitamin C found in a tomato?
[a] the skin; [b] the seeds; [c] the jelly-like substance around the seeds

3) How did the first American millionaire make his fortune?
[a] manufacturing hunting rifles; [b] importing black pepper; [c] importing rum

4) Historians believe the mint julep originated where?
[a] Kentucky; [b] Persia; [c] France

5) Which of the following fruits are grown on every continent except Antarctica?
[a] plums; [b] apples; [c] grapes

6) This item was so expensive up until the 1500s that it was used in small amounts in medicines, but not in food.
[a] saffron; [b] vanilla; [c] sugar

7) Which of the following are mentioned in the Old testament and are among the earliest cultivated foods?
[a] almonds and dates; [b] rice and wheat; [c] basil and saffron

8) Those with thyroid problems should avoid eating large amount of these foods.
[a] salt and lemons; [b] cabbage and cauliflower; [c] asparagus and broccoli

9) There are 3 varieties of this cheese, a 'white', a 'red' and a 'blue veined'. It is the oldest named cheese made in the British Isles.
[a] Stilton; [b] Caerphilly; [c] Cheshire

10) What are the 3 major fruits native to North America?
[a] apples, blueberries, Thompson seedless grapes; [b] cranberries, Concord grapes, apples; [c] blueberries, Concord grapes, cranberries

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1) [b] Cream of tartar is a white, acid powder that is precipitated onto the walls of casks used to age wine.

2) [c] The highest concentration of vitamin C in tomatoes is in the jelly-like substance around the seeds.

3) [b] The first American millionaire was Elias Haskett Derby, who made his money importing black pepper. He used his fortune to endow Yale University.

4) [b] Historians say the julep originated in Persia, where it was a minted, nonalcoholic, fruit drink.

5) [a, b and c].

6) [c] Up until the 1500s, sugar was so expensive that is was used in small amounts as medicine and to sweeten wine, but not in food.

7) [a] Historians generally agree that almonds and dates, both mentioned in the Old Testament of the Bible, were among the earliest cultivated foods.

8) [b] Those with thyroid problems should avoid eating large amounts of cabbage or cauliflower. They both interfere with the body's absorption of iodine, needed by the thyroid gland.

9) [c] Cheshire cheese is the oldest cheddar type cheese, and the oldest named cheese in the British Isles. There are 3 varieties, a white, a 'red' (actually yellow in color) which is dyed with annatto, and a blue-veined variety originally considered undesirable when it occurred accidently.

10) [c] Cranberries are one of only three major fruits native to North America. Concord grapes and blueberries are the others.
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