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November 24th is National Sardines Day!

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Here are today’s five things to know about sardines:

Sardines live short lives, and grow quite quickly. They can reach a length of about 23cm in two years.

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Sardines are the most plentiful, edible fish in the world.
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The main ingredient in Worcestershire sauce is fermented sardines.

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The term sardine was first used in English during the early 15th century and may come from the Mediterranean island of Sardinia, around which sardines were once abundant.

 

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The original ‘secret’ ingredient in Caesar Salad is crushed sardines.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1762 The first written record of the word ‘sandwich’. Edward Gibbons Journal, 11/24/1762: ‘I dined at the Cocoa Tree….That respectable body affords every evening a sight truly English. Twenty or thirty of the first men in the kingdom….supping at little tables….upon a bit of cold meat, or a Sandwich.’
  • 1859  ‘The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection’was published in England.
  • 1864 Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was born. French artist who documented Parisian night life in the 1890s with his insightful posters.
  • 1873 Patent issued to Joseph F. Glidden for barbed wire. The beginning of the end of cowboys and the open range.
  • 1916 Sir Hiram Maxim died. An American born inventor. Among his hundreds of inventions were a hair curling iron, a mousetrap, an automatic sprinkling system, gas motors, and a machine gun.

 

 

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