Japan’s Bean-throwing Festival : Setsubun

If you have been following our posts, you would have definitely enjoyed the arious #Crazy Festivals, we have been covering. Today we are introducing you to the famous bean throwing festival from the island of the rising sun – Japan. Traditionally known as Setsuban, is celebrated at the beginning of spring. This festival is celebrated…

Pepper & Rat Poop

Mammalian faeces can be a polished way to say rodent poop is an ingredient in pepper. Just as the cockroach parts in chocolate, the Food and Drug Administration, which is responsible for taking care of public health, sets the standard for every packaged food item available in the market. It also takes care of biological…

Chocolate & cockroaches

Who doesn’t like chocolate? I personally love all kind of chocolate, especially the dark ones. But what if I tell you that you have probably consumed cockroach parts? Guess what? It is totally fine with the FDA. The Food and Drug Administration is a federal agency that looks after the health and human services. The…

Sweet tasting beard & invention of Saccharin

Isn’t it interesting that some of the discoveries happened because of pure luck or as they called ‘accidents’? Yes, in this series of of interesting facts, we explore some of the common things most of us don’t know.  Though it is widely used as a substitute for sugar, especially as a diabetic-friendly sweetening agent, did…

Pungent addiction

Do you like pungent smells or do you run away from them? Human mind is a mystery on many levels,  and we are still trying to decipher the depth to which we understand its capacity. Developing likeness to certain types of smells is an amazing trick your brain plays with you. Let me explain.  A…

Thrilling history of coffee

Don’t we all love coffee? Coffee has been proven to be the most popular beverage in the modern world, with more than 400 billion cups consumed in a year. In many Indian households, coffee is looked upon as a delicacy that is only had on special occasions. Coffee is a staple especially in Southern India, where…

Buddha’s hand, the fingered citron

 One of the interesting things we see in nature is that goodness comes in all shapes and sizes. Though this strange looking fruit is still uncommon in the Indian market, you will be shocked to know that it has originated in the north-east part of India itself. The Indian Buddhist monks have been known to introduce…

Nature’s caviar

Considered one of the finest natural things that come in a  little package, Finger Limes, scientifically known as Citrus australasica, are unique fruits that belong to the Rue family. Although it is not a part of citrus, the fruit is related to genus Microcitrus. The plant is native to Australia, usually to its subtropical rainforest. The…