Things We Learned from Trader Joe's Culinary Compendium

Trader Joe's has produced a very strange Culinary Compendium, as they're calling it, riffing on Victorian era almanacs and selling premade food at the same time. The whole thing is a stretch; it seems as though they all got really high and googled "weird trivia." But hey! It's a hoot. Here's what we learned from Trader Joe:

  • Cincinnati was once called "Porkopolis" because it was the number one producer of pork in the country! (Selling Peppercorn Garlic Pork Tenderloin)
  • A "vinaigrette" is a small bottle with a perforated lid, used in Victorian times to hold smelling salts so that fancy ladies wouldn't pass out from the smell of rotting garbage. Yum, makes you want to buy salad dressing, doesn't it? (Selling Cranberry Walnut Gorgonzola Vinaigrette)
  • "Perhaps it's an instinct, perhaps it's societal cues, but the urge to 'fill the hole' exists." (Jalapeno Stuffed Olives)
  • The word "banana" comes from the Arabic "banan," which means "finger." Ew. (A plethora of banana products)

  • We have a life because we never wondered why we "eat" soup instead of "drinking" it! Also, apparently traditions exist concerning whether you fill your soup spoon away from you (Western) or towards you (Eastern). (Carrot Ginger Soup)
  • The first pizzas in Naples were cooked in a lava fueled oven. That is so much more cooler than pizza is today. (Pizza Margherita)
  • Pineapple sections grow in a Fibonacci Sequence! (Pineapple)
  • Forget what you've heard: fruit salsas are not unassuming. (Spicy, Smoky Peach Salsa)
  • You can use hemp to make dynamite! (Organic Hemp Vanilla Protein Powder)


Paula Forbes


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