Saturday Pub Quiz: Food

This is 10 question quiz about food. Google not and see how well you can do. Please post corrections, comments and scores at the end. Answers after the jump.

1. British people consume more of which flavor of cheese than of all others combined? Here is a hint: It is NOT Red Leicester, Tilsit, Caerphilly, Bel Paese, Red Windsor, Stilton, Ementhal, Gruyere, Norweigan Jarlsburg, Lipta, Lancashire, White Stilton, Danish Brew, Double Goucester, Cheshire, Dorset Bluveny, Brie, Roquefort, Pol le Veq, Port Salut, Savoy Aire, Saint Paulin, Carrier de lest, Bres Bleu, Bruson, Camenbert, Gouda, Edam, Case Ness, Smoked Austrian, Japanese Sage Darby, Wensleydale, Greek Feta, Gorgonzola, Parmesan, Mozarella, Paper Cramer, Danish Bimbo, Czech sheep’s milk, Venezuelan Beaver Cheese, Ilchester or Limburger.

2. The Ancient Egyptians buried what vegetable with the Pharoahs because its circle within a circle structure symbolized eternal life?

3. Mexicans coming to the U.S. in the late 1800s introduced Americans to the habit of chewing chichle, a substance from the sapadilla tree we more commonly call what?

4. Apples, pears, quinces, apricots, plums, cherries, peaches, raspberries, loquats, and strawberries are all related to what well-known and lovely smelling flower?

5. Because the first varieties of this fruit to reach Europe were yellow, Italians named it pomodoro, which translates to “apple of gold”. Centuries later, it was classified as a vegetable to allow collection of an import tariff. What is it?

6. Who invented dry breakfast cereal?

7. From what vegetable is sauerkraut made?

8. True or False, “Baby” carrots are carrots harvested before they are full-grown.

9. What are two most popular flavors of ice cream in the United States?

10. Name either of the two ingredients used to make Post’s Grape Nuts Cereal.

ANSWERS (1 point each).

1. Cheddar

2. Onion

3. Gum

4. Rose

5. Tomato

6. The Kellogg brothers (full marks if you just said Kellogg)

7. Cabbage

8. False — they are full size carrots peeled and polished down to size.

9. Vanilla and Chocolate

10. Wheat and Barley — no grapes and no nuts

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18 thoughts on “Saturday Pub Quiz: Food”

  1. 9/10. Missed #10. Damned marketing types–naming a cereal totally unrelated to its ingredients.

  2. I did better than on most of your quizzes, 9, but I'm a foodie, and some of these seemed surpassingly easy (e.g., do people really not know that sauerkraut and choucroute are cabbage???), or easy to guess (vanilla and chocolate, Kellogg). I didn't get #10 correct. I'm actually giving myself credit for #1, because my initial thought was that of course it must be cheddar, but at the last moment I decided it was a trick question, and that the real answer must be processed American cheese slices, simply due to the volume of McDonald's and Burger King and Wendy's burgers that must be consumed on a daily basis. I still suspect that might in fact be the case, depending upon how the volume is calculated.

  3. I got 1 through 9, although the answer to 9 was a very well-educated guess. Had no idea about grape-nuts. The first question is obviously based on the cheese-shop sketch from Monty Python's Flying Circus; interestingly, "Ilchester" is not actually the name of a cheese but rather of a cheese company based in the town of the same name, which is known for what I would call "novelty cheeses"– cheeses mixed with other cheeses, cheese mixed with chives and such.

  4. Did not know that about the baby carrots. I always thought they seemed relatively flavorless because they'd been yanked too early. Maybe it is the processing that does it. You're much better off getting a nice big carrot and peeling it yourself. I like them roasted.

  5. Impressive scores everyone! #9 makes more sense when you think about the soft serve market like at Dairy Queen and McDonalds — few choices but vanilla is always there and usually chocolate too.

  6. Hey how come I show up with a bright red way-negative ranking??? I've only commented here a handful of times, and usually quite uncontroversial little quips. Did I say something REALLY wrong once? Plus, it's now just dropped 8 points from my incredibly mild comment above!!! I dunno, maybe I should be proud, like the rebellious teenager or somesuch. Still, it strikes me as though I'm being publicly singled out as a douche, and I can't recall ever being douche-y here……

    1. Good question. I just looked and you have made 9 comments here total, 8 of which either got no votes or positive votes from readers (You comment on the shame on you comedy central vote was the only exception, it got negative votes). So the score may reflect intense debate ratings at other sites rather than here.

    2. Good question. I just looked and you have made 9 comments here total, 8 of which either got no votes or positive votes from readers (You comment on the "shame on you comedy central" post was the only exception, it got negative votes). So the score may reflect intense debate ratings at other sites rather than here.

  7. I missed #4 and #10, though I suppose I get half credit on 10 because I knew it was grains and not grapes or nuts. I guessed wheat and who knows.

    Vanilla and chocolate seem obvious. I think vanilla is way out in front because lots of flavors are vanilla mixed with something and the official statistics count that as part of vanilla sales.

    #5 was easy because the word "pomodoro" is part of my limited Italian vocabulary. I also grew up using the word because it is the same in Yiddish. I find it odd that "tomato" translates to "tomate" and similar in Spanish, French, German, Russian, Latvian, etc. , but something like "pomodoro" in Polish and Lithuanian, no doubt the source of the Yiddish word. Wonder why.

    (Note that I received considerable assistance from Google Translate in my research.)

    1. More:

      The word "tomato" is of Nahuatl origin, whence it made its way into Spanish, Portuguese, etc., though not Italian.

      "Pomodoro," despite some unlikely sounding alternative theories ("Apple of the Moors," really??) seems indeed to have originated as Keith says.

      Why the form penetrated Poland and Lithuania, but not elsewhere, remains a puzzle to me.

  8. Isn't Red Leicester a cheddar variety? It's hella good cheese either way.

    I knew about "baby" carrots because I grew up in Bakersfield, the source of way too many of those abominations.

    Oh, score. Nine of ten — I ruled out cheddar when Red Leicester was taken off the list in the clue.

    1. I am afraid all I know about cheese I learnt from Monty Python, so would not feel confident in questioning them on this point.

  9. 10/10. Hardly a fair contest, however; I was a chef/restaurateur for 30 years! The cheese list gave me a massive craving for Wensleydale with Apricot….

  10. Darn second guessing myself on 2 — I thought "onion" first and then changed to "leek". Got 1 and 3-9. Seemed a bit easier than the usual.

  11. All right. Some semi-guesswork involved though.

    bighorn50 – No, red Leicester is red Leicester, and if you ever get to eat it in Leicestershire your eyes will be opened. Much of the stuff sold under the name elsewhere is pretty bland and boring, though. There are literally dozens of regional hard cheeses made in various parts of England, one of which is Cheddar, which originally came from the village of that name in Somerset. Why its name has been adopted for "generic hard cows' milk cheese" the world over is a story which needs to be told, but I don't know it.

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