Food Name Origins
Take the origins of the lowly
strudel, for example. "Centuries ago, a German sailor would leap out of bed with his heart in his throat if someone on deck shouted these dreadful words: 'Mein Gott! Der Strudel! Der Strudel!' -- the fear evoked not by sticky pastry but by the spotting of a whirlpool, or in German,strudel."
pablum "is the trademark name of a gruel fed to infants and other individuals too weak to defend themselves.
Grog "Why was the British sailor's rum ration called "grog?"
I was also intrigued by the fact that
In 1740 a certain
Admiral Vernon ordered that the rum
The grog ration
itself ended in 1970. Maybe sailors were
Succotash is a Narraganset (Algonkian) word for squash.
Vittles aren't hillbilly, but Latin.
Vindaloo, shockingly, is Portuguese.
Sarsaparilla derives from two Spanish words: zarza, meaning bramble, and parilla, meaning vine.
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