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 Sandwiches.
The Facts: First century B.C Rabbi Hillel the Elder is credited with coming up with the sandwich concept. He put bitter herbs between two matzos during Passover.
- The name “sandwich” has a slightly more scandalous beginning. Sandwich is the name of a place in the county of Kent, England. In the late 1700s, the Fourth Earl of Sandwich, John Montague, was known to be an avid gambler. He would spend so long at the card table that eventually his hunger would get the better of him. For sustenance, he asked for bread, meat and cheese. Because he needed a hand free for his cards, he put the meat and cheese between the bread. Other players saw this convenient snack and asked for the same.
- August is National Sandwich Month.
- It wasn’t until the late 1800’s that the term sandwich was used widely in the United States. But there was a big difference between our early sandwich and those eaten by John Montagu and his contemporaries. In England, sandwiches were almost always made with beef, and in America they were made with ham.
- According to industry experts, the average American eats 193 sandwiches a year, the all-time favorite being ham.
- The average American student will have consumed approximately 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches upon graduation from high school.