Bologna Fun Facts
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For today’s Did You Know fun food facts we will look at Bologna.
The Facts: Bologna sausage, also known as baloney or polony, is a sausage derived from and somewhat similar to the Italian mortadella (a finely hashed/ground pork sausage) containing cubes of lard that originated in the Italian city of Bologna.
- Mortadella dates back to the 15th century, and the original recipes included myrtle, ‘mortella’ in Italian, hence the name.
- U.S. government regulations require American bologna to be finely ground, and without visible pieces of lard.
- Bologna can alternatively be made out of chicken, turkey, beef, pork, venison or soy protein.
- October 24th is National Bologna Day.
- There are 1,632 people in the U.S. listed on whitepages.com with the last name ‘Bologna’ and 88 with the last name ‘Baloney’
- Americans eat 800 million pounds of bologna annually.
- Oscar Mayer is the most popular bologna brand thanks to its 1973 jingle “My bologna has a first name….”
- Bologna is a popular breakfast food in Newfoundland, served fried as a substitute to ham slices. It is also sometimes barbecued as well. In either case, it is referred to as “Newfie Steak.”
Bologna Facts We Missed
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Reference: Wikipedia: Fun Facts about Bologna.