Mangos & Peppercorns

Every newspaper has a Food section and sometimes the strangest topics are found there, not just Grandma’s recipe for beef stew. Here’s what I found in a couple newspapers this week that I thought you might find interesting.

From Monday’s OC Register :

Now you can get the seed in the middle of annoying fruits, like mangos, out more easily with…..duh…duh…duh….drumroll – the Mango Splitter! A company called OXO just put it out. This nifty gadget is safe to wash in the dishwasher and available for $12 at Crate & Barrel.

From Monday’s LA Times :

There’s a spice that used to be banned in the US that’s back – Sichuan peppercorns. This spice was banned by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture because the tree that the spice is harvested from carries pests so the US was afraid the pests would invade the orchards of the US.

“About two years ago, it was found that heating the peppercorns to 140 degrees made them safe enough to import.” So now, as long as a paper accompanies the peppercorns which states that the peppercorns have gone through this process, the Sichuan peppercorns are free to delight our American senses.

So, what have you found out about your food lately?



1 Comment »

  1. Jen said

    Hot dogs look like weiner dogs. That’s what I’ve realized about my food lately.
    Maybe my brain is just low on energy though….

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