Foodie Quiz

A food focused quiz with fun facts that can be shared with friends and family. The answers are at the bottom of the page so make sure you pick your answer before looking!

QUESTIONS
 1. What year was marmite invented?
a. 1957
b. 1902
c. 1895
d. 1922
2. Which flower does the spice saffron come from?
a. orchid 
b. poppy
c. nasturtium
d. crocus
3. Which of the below is the most hydrating food to eat?
a. cucumber
b. celery
c. watermelon
d. tomato
4. What is the name of the hottest chilli in the world?
a. scotch bonnet 
b. carolina reeper
c. bird's eye chilli
d. cayenne pepper
5. Shirley, Ailsa Craig and Mr Stripey are all types of what?
a. courgette
b. apple
c. tomato
d. aubergine
6. Which fruit contains the highest levels of tryptophan?
a. oranges
b. apples
c. mango
d. banana 
7. What food was once used as currency?
a. coconuts
b. chocolate 
c. sugar 
d. oysters
8. Which vitamin are mushrooms particularly high in?
a. vitamin E
b. vitamin B
c. iron
d. vitamin C
9. Which European city in 2009 declared a meat free day on a Thursday?
a. Basel, Switzerland 
b. Oslo, Norway
c. Ghent, Belgium 
d. Glasgow, Scotland
10. Which food contains the highest iron levels?
a. broccoli 
b. red meat
c. spinach
d. legumes
ANSWERS
1. 1902

Marmite is a savoury spread, which was originally invented by German scientist Justus von Liebig in 1902. The scientist invented it in the UK when he discovered that brewers' leftover yeast could be concentrated, bottled and eaten.

2. Crocus

The spice originates from a flower called crocus sativus—commonly known as the "saffron crocus." It is believed that saffron originated and was first cultivated in Greece, but today the spice is primarily grown in Iran, Greece, Morocco, and India.

3. Cucumber

One of the most hydrating foods to eat is cucumber, made up of 96% water. It contains electrolytes, which are minerals that include calcium, chloride, magnesium, phosphate, potassium, and sodium, which helps your body restore what it may have lost through dehydration. It really is the best hangover cure, ever.

 

 4. Carolina Reaper

The Carolina Reaper delivers an average of 1,569,300 Scoville Heat Units (SHU).

5. Tomatoes

Tomato F1 Shirley is an excellent variety for the cold or slightly heated greenhouse. These tomato plants crop very heavily on relatively compact plants, are resistant to virus attack, greenback, leaf mould and the occasional cold snap. The tomato fruit are medium sized and sweet.

Ailsa Craig is an English Heritage variety dating from 1925. It is still considered to be one of the finest varieties. It is a prolific cropper, noted for its vigour and the exceptional flavour of its fruit.

Mr. Stripey (sometimes confused with Tigerella) is a type of heirloom tomato with unusually small leaves and a mix of a yellow and red color that can fool some growers into thinking they are picking an unripe tomato. Under good conditions in size, shape and internal structure it may be considered a "beefsteak".

6. Bananas 

It's no secret that bananas are an excellent source of dietary fiber, that they protect against type II diabetes, aid weight loss, strengthen the nervous system and keep blood sugars steady but less people know that eating them can actually help fight depression. The fruit contains high levels of tryptophan, which converts into serotonin - a type of chemical in our brain that influences mood.

7. Chocolate

Chocolate was once used as currency. As early as 250 A.D., ancient civilizations of Mexico and South America, specifically The Mayans and the Aztecs, used the cocoa bean as a system of money.

8. Mushrooms

Mushrooms are rich in the B vitamins: riboflavin, niacin, and pantothenic acid. The combination helps protect heart health. Riboflavin is good for red blood cells.

 

 9. Ghent, Belgium

After Ghent launched its meat-free day in 2009, it has been copied by cities worldwide, e.g. Bremen, Helsinki, San Francisco, Cape Town, and Sao Paulo. Ghent aims to be climate neutral by 2050, all urban activities combined.

 

 10. Legumes
One cup (198 grams) of cooked lentils provides 37% of the DV for iron. Legumes are also high in folate, magnesium, potassium, and fiber and may even aid weight loss. Common edible legumes include lentils, peas, chickpeas, beans, soybeans, and peanuts.