Five Foods First Eaten Out of Desperation
Then there are foods that just plain look poisonous, or require so much processing that it's hard to figure out how they became part of our diet. It had to be desperation; necessity is the mother of invention, and starvation is a powerful motivator to get creative.
Read on for five things in this category.
A bud with thorns on a plant often bigger than humans with irritating hairs on the stem, with a bristly choke inside that can asphyxiate humans foolish enough to try to consume it. Undercook it and your throat will burn; overcook it and your eyes will burn. You have to scrape the flesh off the leaves in order to finish eating it, and three quarters of the original mass of the food is still there when you've eaten all you can. Sounds like dinner, right? There are all sorts of warning signs not to eat this giant thistle, yet somehow the people of the Mediterranean managed to figure out not only how to eat artichokes, but how to distill in them into Cynar, the frat house prank of liqueurs.
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