A few months ago, when it was National Artichoke Hearts Day, I wrote about how I used to think that artichokes were animals.
But I just realized I have a number of other wrong ideas I’ve had about food at one time or another. Small wonder I’m not a chef.
When I was a young teen, I made a startling discovery. Well, it startled me anyway. I was reading the ingredients on the back of a jar of Marshmallow Fluff. (A key component of a Fluffernutter — the best non-meat sandwich in the world!) I noticed something strange. It contained milk, eggs, sugar, etc. But no marshmallows!
I was with a friend and I said, “Hey, this stuff is fake! It doesn’t contain any real marshmallows!” He looked at me in what must have been disbelief for a second, then said, “Uh, those things are what marshmallows are made of.”
What?! I thought marshmallows were an actual plant, like you grow marshmallows! Now I had never actually heard of a marshmallow farmer, but I guess I figured that somewhere out there were people who, every October, went out and harvested the marshmallows, then went down and sold them at the market, so I could have them to roast, put in my hot chocolate, and make s’mores and sandwiches out of!
But strangely enough, after being embarrassed about that, I found out that there really is a marshmallow plant! A couple hundred years ago, the root of it was actually used to make marshmallows. So I guess in a way, I was right!
Ha! Look it up!