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November 09

nov09-1

In ancient Greece, tossing an apple to a girl was a traditional proposal of marriage; catching it was acceptance.

nov09-2

China's Beijing Duck Restaurant can seat 9,000 people at one time.

nov09-3

Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin ate turkey in foil packets as the first meal on the moon.

nov09-4

In an effort to cut corners, American Airlines eliminated one olive from each salad served in First Class during 1987. Theysaved $40,000 that year.

nov09-5

It takes 1000 pounds of almonds to make 1 pint of almond oil.

nov09-6

Eggs will age more in one day at room temperature than in one week in the refrigerator.

nov09-7

Each saffron crocus flower has 3 stigmas; it takes about 80,000 flowers (240,000) stigmas to make a kilo of saffron. It takes an experienced picker about 12 days to pick this many. By the time saffron gets to retail stores, its cost is 600 Euro to 2000 Euro per kilo.

nov09-8

Kiwifruit can be used as a natural meat tenderizer! That's because kiwifruit contains an enzyme called Actinidin. Just cut in half and rub kiwifruit over the meat, or peel and mash with a fork then spread it on the surface of the meat and let stand for 10 to 15 minutes or longer.

nov09-9

There are over 450 varieties of acorn, many of which have been used for food. They are native to all continents except Australia.

nov09-10

Never salt meat before cooking, it will draw out all the juices and toughen it.