The Taste Test #1

1. Who invented pasteurisation?

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Louis Pasteur was a French chemist who accidentally invented pasteurisation in 1865.

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2. What is the molecule that gives beef its “bloody” flavour?

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Heme is the iron-containing molecule. It catalyses a reaction that creates all the other flavours and aromas that you experience when cooking/eating things like burgers.

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3. Which foods do Europeans waste the most each year?

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The 4 most wasted foods in Europe: vegetables, fruit, dairy and cereal. 88 million tonnes of food is wasted every year in Europe. That’s the equivalent of 3.4 million freight trucks worth of food, or 9,200 extra trucks on our road every day.

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4. What tropical fruit could you pair with an oyster?

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The food startup, Foodpairing, discovered that fresh oysters contain fruity aromas found in kiwis, making them a perfect match!

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5. What is the red food dye “carminic acid” made from?

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Yup, carminic acid is made out of crushed beetles–Dactylopius coccus (chochineal) to be exact.

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6. Which legume can be an ingredient for dynamite?

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Botanically, peanuts are considered legumes and belong to the single plant family Leguminosae. Unlike tree nuts like walnuts, almonds, etc. that grow on trees, peanuts grow underground.

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7. Based on the EU legislation, there are currently 7 different species of insects which can be used as feed for animals. Which insect is NOT one of the seven?

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The caterpillar is not one of the seven species. All seven species include: Black Soldier Fly (Hermetia illucens), Common Housefly (Musca domestica), Yellow Mealworm (Tenebrio molitor), Lesser Mealworm (Alphitobius diaperinus), House Cricket (Acheta domesticus), Banded Cricket (Gryllodes sigillatus), Field Cricket (Gryllus assimilis).

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8. In 2012, Boeing needed to test their onboard wifi signal in the presence of human bodies. But during the testing stage, they used a vegetable to substitute for humans. Which vegetable was this?

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Because of their water content, potatoes absorb and reflect wifi signals similar to humans.

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9. Is it possible to grow potatoes on Mars?

Yes, in theory!

According to space systems researcher and biologist, Angelo Vermeulen, theoretically it should be possible to use the Martian soil to grow all kinds of vegetables.

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10. Where was the mycoprotein, Quorn, invented?

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The microfungus, Fusarium venenatum, was discovered in a soil sample from a field near the village of Marlow, right next to the English Thames!

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