Here at South Africa’s leading meat wholesaler, we love all things meat, but we’re partial to fun facts and trivia too – it was Albert Einstein who said, ‘wisdom is not a product of schooling, but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it’ – so here’s a fun mash-up of interesting facts about our favourite food:
- Road trips and padkos are synonymous, but just how far would you go to bring along your favourite sandwich? If you’re John Young, the answer is quite far: he was the pilot of Gemini 3, a spacecraft that orbited the Earth, and in 1965 he was reprimanded for smuggling onboard a corned beef sandwich. [Source]
- Staying with our space theme: the first food to be eaten on the Moon during the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing was, wait for it – bacon! Admittedly they were bacon cubes coated with gelatine to combat crumbs, but it was bacon none the less. [Source]
- Fast forward forty years and ‘bacon mania’ is actually a thing – the sale of bacon in the US increased significantly in the last few years and in a survey conducted by Smithfield, 65% of Americans said they would support bacon becoming their ‘national food’. [Source]
- Despite the Americans’ love of pork, the French eat nearly three times as much pork, four times as much butter and 60% more cheese; however, according to the British Heart Foundation, they suffer fewer deaths related to coronary heart disease than their American counterparts. [Source]
- In 2014 one of the world’s most expensive burgers could be found at Serendipity 3 in New York. For a price tag of $295 (that was around R3,300 then) you could buy the Le Burger Extravagant, ‘a Waygu beef infused with 10-herb white truffle butter, topped with imported cheddar cheese, shaved black truffles, a fried quail egg and served on a white truffle-buttered roll crème fraiche and caviar.’ It also came with a solid gold toothpick encrusted with diamonds which lucky you, you were allowed to keep! [Source]
- Ending our fun facts about meat with something equally unbelievable, did you know that the world’s longest sausage measures 62.75 km in length?! Guinness World Records captured the record-breaking sausage in Romania in December 2014. [Source]
And then for the etymologically-minded amongst us, the word meat comes from the Old English word mete, which actually referred to food in general. We hope you’ve enjoyed our amble down trivia lane, and for the best in high-quality meat, look no further than N1, South Africa’s leading meat wholesaler.