Hungry History

Category: Food

super foods

The Ancient Origins of Superfoods

The health benefits of fruits and vegetables such as blueberries, broccoli, and kale are well documented, but which foods did our ancient forebears consider to be exceptionally healthy?

The Origins of the Mysterious Green Bean Casserole

This mixture of canned soup, frozen green beans and fried onions has graced holiday buffets since the 1950s. But who came up with this trinity, and why has it become so famous?


Cinnamon’s Spicy History

Cinnamon has been in use by humans for thousands of years—possibly as early as 2,000 B.C.


Indian Corn: A Fall Favorite

Flint corn, or Indian corn, those ears with the multicolored kernels, crops up in all sorts of fall decorations. How is it different from other types of corn, and can you eat it?


All About Apples

Just in time for the change of seasons, here are a few more fun facts about this nutritious and delicious fall staple.

The Hoppy History of Beer

Beer–it’s the chosen beverage of English kings, Egyptian stonemasons and Homer Simpson. And it has a long and celebrated history going back to 3400 B.C.

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History in a Basket: It’s Picnic Time!

It’s hard to envision prehistoric man enjoying lunch by the lake as much as we do. So how and when did the picnic become popular?

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Break Out the Buns: The History of the Hot Dog

The hot dog is the quintessential summer food: cheap, tasty, great for grills and forgiving of even the most inexperienced backyard cooks. But who made the first hot dog?

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Bread or Blood: The Richmond Bread Riots

Find out what made Southern women take to the streets during the American Civil War.

Frozen History: The Story of the Popsicle

Believe it or not, the mind behind this summer indulgence wasn’t a marketing honcho, or even a chef – it was an 11-year-old boy.


The Surprising History of Punch

It’s the chosen summer drink of thousands of thirsty kids every day, and the chosen rum-based tipple of Charles Dickens himself.


Lip Smackin’ Good: Southern Barbecue

This week we’ll take a look at the rich history of Southern barbecue, and all its delicious regional variations.