Food Facts & Lore

Cucumber, Cowcumber, Coocumber

Many of the names we use for things were inspired by simple, usually ancient observation. From our 21st-century point of view, these observations seem at times a bit far-fetched. Or at least it would be difficult to make an accurate guess. Take the carrot, for example. We easily assume that its name comes from an… Continue reading Cucumber, Cowcumber, Coocumber

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Pepōn, Pumpion, Pumpkins

The summer of 2018 may be remembered as the summer that never ended, except that it did. Temperatures soared here in Vermont and we thought we’d be wearing shorts and tank tops through October. And yet, nature follows its own mysterious schedule and manages to line things up just as they should be, it seems.… Continue reading Pepōn, Pumpion, Pumpkins

Food Facts & Lore

Who Invented Drinking Straws?

Nature offers several ready-made natural straws and humans have used these for thousands of years. In fact, the straw is said to be one of the oldest “eating” implements, and it seems to have had considerable significance too. Ancient Sumerian cities (modern-day Southern-Iraq) dating back more than 5000 years have revealed a surprising stash of… Continue reading Who Invented Drinking Straws?