The internet is full of fabulous facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving. Because of this, as we research for our daily content on food trucks, food carts and street food, we stumble upon some items of knowledge that we just did not know. We have decided when these fun facts pop up, that we would share them with our readers in our section titled “Did You Know?”
For today’s Did You Know fun food facts we will look at Pork.
The Facts: Domestication of pigs took place in China around 7500 BC. China still is the largest producer of pigs.
- The average American will eat the equivalent of 28 pigs in their lifetime.
- Pork tenderloin cuts are almost as lean as skinless chicken breasts.
- December 18th is National Roast Suckling Pig Day.
- Pork has more protein than chicken and is high in zinc, iron and B-vitamins.
- At the global level, pork is by far the most widely consumed meat.
- Pork is the most versatile meat. It can be marinated, roasted, grilled, skewered, dry rubbed, boiled, baked, barbecued, microwaved, pan-fried or stir-fried.
- During the War of 1812, a packer named Uncle Sam Wilson sent off several hundred barrels of pork for the troops. Each package was labeled ‘U.S.’ and it didn’t take long for ‘Uncle Sam’ to be a household name for the government.
- Ham is the number one sandwich eaten in U.S. households.
- In Denmark, there are twice as many pigs as people.