The fear of getting peanut butter stuck to the top of your mouth is An Actual Thing. It’s called arachibutyrophobia.

One of the most popular pizza toppings in Brazil is green peas. What the actual what?!

In South Korea, the Dunkin Donuts stocks flavors including kimchi croquette and glazed garlic

The history of soup goes back to 6,000 BC. The ingredients? Hippopotamus and sparrow meat.

An amusement park in Tokyo sells raw horse flesh-flavored ice-cream.

Most of the wasabi that comes with your sushi is not real wasabi at all – it’s just green-colored horseradish.

Castoreum, an ingredient used as vanilla flavoring in candies, is actually a secretion from the anal glands of beavers. Just think about that for a moment …

Those red Skittles? The color comes from an ingredient called carmine, made by boiling cochineal beetles.

When female wasps pollinate figs, they lose their wings and are then trapped inside. They die a slow, agonizing death, then the fig’s enzymes dissolve the wasp. So, basically, when you eat a fig, you’re eating wasps.

Honey is the only food that will never go bad.

The two Ms in M&Ms stand for Forrest Mars Sr, of the candy giant, and Bruce Murrie, son of Hershey president William Murrie.

Before kale was hipster fare, the biggest wholesale buyer of the leaf in US was Pizza Hut.

Most of the baby carrots we buy in bags are just regular carrots cut down to size.

Ninety-five percent of the avocados we eat can be traced to a single tree, planted by a postman called Rudolph Hass in 1926.

Canned peaches were the first ever fruit to be eaten on the moon.

A version of this feature first appeared in the May 2018 issue of W42ST magazine. Stay in touch with W42ST and be first to read stories like this when you join our daily newsletter at