Candy cap mushrooms have become a trendy food. These unusual little things taste exactly like maple syrup – to the point where the extract from them is put in cakes and ice cream. Chemists finally found out why, after over twenty-five years of research.
Chances are, you’ve spent more time thinking about the specs on your smartphone than about the gadgets that you use to put food in your mouth. But the shape and material properties of forks, spoons, and knives turn out to matter—a lot. Changes in the design of cutlery have not only affected how and what we eat, but also what our food tastes like. There’s even evidence that the adoption of the table knife transformed the shape of European faces.
Now I know why people talk of having a golden spoon in their mouth…
I haven’t seen anything mentioning chopsticks, but it’s believed that:
- Using a knife to cut things into smaller pieces made our mouths evolve to be smaller
- Use of cutlery has led us to develop an overbite
The QI page on cutlery is a brief but interesting read. Never watched QI? You’re missing out.