Our next top 10 list is hot. Very, very hot. Many people like their food little spiced. And nature offers a wide range of interesting peppers that spices your food. However, hot is not hot enough for some and that’s why some pepper growers create hybrid peppers that burn your mouth instantly. Wilbur Scoville created the Scoville Scale, a measurement of the spicyness of peppers. The number of Scoville heat units (SHU) indicates the level of capsaicin in a pepper. Take a beer and have a look at the top 10 of hottest peppers:
Ah, fast food. Can’t live with it but sure as hell can’t live without it. It’s the easy things in life that make us so succesful as a species.
Now, you might be wondering: how much fast food do we stuff down our throats each day? That’s a tough one. A lot, that’s all I’m saying. To illustrate that, just imagine that the top-10 of fast food chains in the US raked up a total of no less than $112bn in sales. That’s 112 with 9 zeroes. That’s 3,733,333 cars at $30,000 each! It is also more than $350 per US citizen per year, spent on fries and burgers. Truly impressive!
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One of the healthiest fruits is often used as a dip for tortillas. Avocados frequently end up as guacamole. Avocados are rich in potassium, Vitamins B, E and K. Due to a combination of specific aliphatic acetogenins, avocado is even under preliminary research for potential anti-cancer activity. The Aztecs considered the avocado as an aphrodisiac; the word ‘avocado’ comes from a Nahuatl Indian (Aztec) word “ahuácatl” meaning testicle tree.
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Rice (Oryza Sativa) is the most widely consumed type of food in Asia. After corn, it is the grain with the second-highest worldwide production. But what are the most important countries by rice production? Here’s a top 10 rice producing countries!
Where would Heinz be without the tomato? Tomatoes are among the most popular vegetables in the world. The tomato originated in Mexico and was planted almost everywhere after the Spanish took the tomato to Europe and the Philippines. Nowadays, Mexico is listed 11th on the list of countries by tomato production.
Without any doubt, the number one alcoholic beverage in the world is beer. Ancient civilizations already appreciated the beverage, and more specific, its effects. Medieval monks knew everything about beer production. Today, beer is consumed and produced in almost any country in the world. So which are the top 10 beer producing countries by volume?
Few people will think of chocolate when they hear Theobroma Cacao. Yet, this is the tree that produces seeds for the production of one of the most popular flavours in the world: chocolate. The cocoa tree grows within 20° south and 20° north of the equator. So what are the most important cocoa producing countries?
Scotch. Pure, on the rocks or mixed with soda. Scotch whisky brands are famous over the world and are stored on the shelves of almost any bar in the world. We’ve all probably had our share of whisky, but what are the biggest brands in terms of cases?
There are hundreds of types of cheese in a wide range of flavors, textures and forms. Many countries have their own cheese traditions. Sometimes the process of producing cheese is even protected by local laws. The French Roquefort cheese marked the beginning of this type of agricultural legislation. The French indeed love their cheeses and are amongst the highest when it comes to cheese consumption.
Fish and chips, French fries with a hamburger, hash browns, gnocchi and even alcoholic beverages such as vodka all have one thing in common: the potato. It is estimated that the average world citizen consumes about 33 kilograms of it on an annual basis. So what are the most important potato producing countries?
Have you ever heard of Wuliangye? We didn’t, until we’ve found out that it is one of the most valuable spirit brands in the world. It’s one of the best selling alcoholic beverages in China. In terms of brand value Wuliangye scores better than Cognac producer Remy Martin, the Mexican tequila supplier José Cuervo or even the Swedish wodka hit Absolut.
Coffee is one of the most consumed beverages worldwide. It is estimated that 68% of the American coffee drinkers have a cup within the first hour of waking up. The caffeine in coffee acts as a stimulant drug. In some countries people need a lot of coffee to start the day. The coffee consumption there is the highest in the world.
It’s almost Easter. Since its origins Easter is a time of celebrating and feasting in the Christian world. Many countries around the world have their own Easter customs, such as the lighting of great bonfires (Cyprus, Greece, Germany) or even spanking or whipping (Czech Republic). One of the most notable traditions however has to do with eggs, like decorating eggs or egg hunting. Easter obviously boosts egg consumption worldwide.
Yesterday, we’ve stumbled upon oranges. They are one of the richest sources of vitamin c, which is an essential nutrient to humans. The Daily Value (DV) for vitamin c for a human is 60 mg. If you take the foods mentioned in our next list on a daily basis, you’ll improve your health.
One of the most popular fruits is the orange. Its flavour varies from rich to sour, depending on the variety and the location the orange is grown. There are about 80 varieties of oranges, the most notable being the Valencia. Oranges are the most cultivated tree fruits in the world. Orange trees are grown in subtropical and tropical climates. All orange producing countries combined produce approximately 70 million tons of oranges.
Spain has a lot to offer when it comes to the good things in life. Beautiful dishes paired with great wines from the many Spanish wine regions. The Spanish cuisine consists of a variety of dishes and is heavily influenced by its rich history and culture. The country’s versatile geography and climate is reflected in thousands of different, unique recipes. And when it comes to wine, Spain is particularly interesting.
The French are so proud of their food that they even have a system called appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC). Translated this means ‘controlled designation of origin’. It’s a certification granted to certain French geographical indications for wines, cheeses, butters, and other agricultural products. As a customer of these products you are guaranteed that the products are from the designated region and it is produced according to several, often severe, standards.
The United Kingdom is facing its first scandal of 2013. Beefburgers that were sold in Tesco, Aldi and Lidl contained horse DNA. Obviously, food safety regulations and mass production don’t seem to work really well together. Horse meat isn’t a part of British cuisine anymore. Many countries however do have a tradition of horse meat consumption. Maybe Tesco can send the burgers to the countries in our next list, where horses are slaughtered after they’ve been working on the fields and sold by specialized butchers. A bit of seasoning and little baking and dinner is served! Check the top 10 horse meat producing countries!
Now that we know what the biggest beer brands are, let’s take a look at the consumers side. After water and tea, beer is the third most consumed drink worldwide. Beer is produced by the saccharification of starch and fermentation of the resulting sugar, creating an alcoholic beverage. It is believed to be subject in one of the first recorded writings in history. And in 1516, William IV, Duke of Bavaria, adopted the Reinheitsgebot, possibly the first food-quality regulation. Today, the beer brewing industry is a global business with a worth of approximately 300 billion dollars annually. But where can we find the biggest beer lovers? Which countries have the highest beer consumption? Here they are, ranked and listed by liters per capita! Cheers!
Few people drink champagne on a daily basis. The vast majority however only opens up a bottle on New Years Eve. With an annual production of 322 million bottles Champagne is one of the biggest markets in the business of drinks. The so-called Grande Marques (Big Brands) are responsible for a huge share of the total production. The next list is not about quality, it’s all about quantity, marketing and fizz. Check out the top 10 Champagne Houses by number of cases!
Garlic or Allium Sativum. This little bulb is a fundamental component of many culinary traditions and a major cause of bad breath. Its pungent taste mellows if cooked and adds flavour to meat, salades, fish and many more dishes. Garlic is easy to grow and there are several subspecies, some of which even have a protected geographical status. Moreover, garlic not only has culinary purposes, but is also said to be beneficial to health issues. Best known in Mediterranean dishes, so one would expect Spain, Italy or France as biggest producers of garlic. Our next list of garlic producing countries shows something else.
Over the last thirty years, wine has gained a lot of popularity. One would expect that classic wine producing countries, such as France, Italy an Spain would take the most profit out of this development, but this is absolutely not the case. On the contrary, it is the New World of wine where the big wine brands are based. So what are the best selling wine brands? You’ll probably have tried one of the wines in the next top-10 list. Measured in 9 liter cases = 12 bottles.
Sure, we love a beer, even when it has a weird name. And we’re obviously not alone. Beer is the most popular alcoholic beverage in the world. So when it comes to volume in barrels, what are the biggest beer brands of the world? Find out in our next list! Cheers!
nb one barrel is 117 liters or 4 months of beer
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Twenty years ago chefs were cooking for the guests of their restaurant. Now on almost any network worldwide chefs are cooking for millions at a time, though you as a viewer can only watch the meal being prepared. You don’t ever get familiar with the actual scent or the taste of the meal. Still, we love the next personalities and they love you. They don’t have to sweat in hot and steamy kitchens day in day out anymore. Now they just go to a studio and do their trick once. Lights out, spot on, prepare the meal. Here’s a list about chefs that have become a celebrity. Have a look at the top 10 richest celebrity chefs in estimated worth!
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