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Fun Friday Food Facts 2017 Vol. 12
24/03/2017 - 10:00
It's Red Nose Day, so to celebrate we found lots of red food facts!
Written by Andrew McClean
Coca-Cola first used its famous, iconic red-and-white branding back in the mid-1890s when it began painting its syrup barrels red so that tax agents could easily tell them apart from alcohol during transport.
Ever wondered what the difference is between red and green bell peppers? The answer is actually very simple. Red bell peppers are just green bell peppers that have been left on the vine for longer to ripen, which is why they are sweeter.
Red Bull was pulled from German markets after authorities found trace amounts of cocaine in the drink. The company states that it does use coca leaves, but only as a flavouring agent after removing the cocaine alkaloid. However, Germany’s Federal Institute for Risk Assessment found that the small amount, 0.13 micrograms to be exact, posed no serious health risk. Turns out, you would have to drink almost 12,000 litres to feel the effects.
Red onions rubbed on warts or verrucas are thought by some to encourage them to disappear. In some Arab countries onions mixed with salt and pepper are applied to the scalp as a remedy for hair loss.
Red grapes don't necessarily mean red wine. It's not the colour of the grape that determines the colour of your tipple, rather the speed with which the grape skin is removed after pressing. Skins left for longer help colour and introduce tannins and other compounds.
For Greek Orthodox Christians one of the oldest Easter traditions are red dyed eggs. Red Easter eggs are associated with the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. The Greek Orthodox tradition is for eggs to be dyed red on Holy Thursday in commemoration of the Last Supper. It is common belief that dyed Easter eggs can stay edible for forty days without being refrigerated. However, if a priest blesses the eggs on Easter Sunday, they are said to last a whole year without turning bad.
In China, at government functions, business dinners and family gatherings, those who want to display their wealth will serve expensive red wine. However it is common for them to then mix it with Coca Cola to make it taste more palatable.