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10 Foods That Look Like One Thing, But Taste Like Another

They say, “don’t judge a book by it’s cover,” but it turns out we also can’t judge a fruit by its peel or a veggie by its skin. In our unpredictable, often chaotic world, our food has become equally as erratic and mercurial.

For better or for worse, what you see is not always what you get. A grape can now be evocative of your favorite carnival treat and even seemingly standard produce can taste like your go-to breakfast staple.

And while this volatility may sound frightening, these surprising flavors shouldn’t spur concern. Only when cake starts tasting like kale, and bacon like quinoa should we really start to worry.

Cotton Candy Grapes

Grape news! Though grapes are one of the more benign fruits, able to satiate even the pickiest of eaters, you can now find ones that taste like your favorite festival fair. “Cotton Candy Grapes” are now a thing thanks to horticulturalist, David Cain. Without genetic engineering or artificial flavors, Cain created this new strain of grape simply by classic plant breeding. His aim was originally to restore the “natural flavors” of grapes that often get removed in the shipping and storage process. The result? A fruit that your mom would approve of while delighting the sugar crazy child inside of you.

Blue Java Bananas

William Shakespeare once wrote, “some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” Scholars may disagree, but when it comes to the opening of this avowal it seems pretty obvious to me he was referring to the Blue Java Banana. Produced organically from nature, without any interference whatsoever, blue java bananas somehow taste like ice cream. Aptly known as the “ice cream banana” these fruits possess a natural vanilla flavor and a creamy, fluffy texture. Now I’m not saying they rival the delicious artificiality of real ice cream, but as far as bananas go, they’re pretty darn good.

Pineberries

Now these are berry special. While pineberries may simply appear to be typical red strawberries who look like they’ve just seen a ghost, they’re actually a crossbreed that boast a tart flavor reminiscent of pineapples. These frosty fruits, like a celebrity marriage or biweekly paycheck, aren’t available for long. Pineberries have a very short season compared to their crimson counterparts, so if you enjoy their citrus flavor, you should probably buy these baffling berries in bulk. Say that five times fast.

Ackee fruit

Jamaican me crazy, ackee fruit. A breakfast staple of the Caribbean country, ackee looks like a bug eyed video game character, but tastes like scrambled eggs. When cooked, the tropical fruit has a creamy, delicate texture that not only tastes like your go-to breakfast but looks like it, too. Ackee served with saltfish is actually Jamaica’s national dish and is basically the Caribbean version of lox and eggs.

Miracle Berries

Have you tried “flavor tripping?” All the cool kids are doin’ it. Though this practice may sound like the latest teen faux drug craze like beezin’ or dusting, it’s actually driven by eating a harmless berry. “Miracle berries” of the Synsepalum dulcificum plant, mostly found in West Africa, contain a protein that temporarily numbs the taste buds. When eaten (or taken in pill form), foods that are tart or savory are instead experienced as strangely sweet. Some foods that have produced some of the most extreme reactions to these miracle berries include lemons, beer, and even chilli peppers.

Fennel

More polarizing than the ending of How I Met Your Mother, black licorice has been tearing loved ones apart practically since its inception. If you find that the “candy” is a point of contention in your household, try eating fennel instead! Reminiscent of celery, fennel is a root vegetable that tastes like black licorice. Bitter, sweet, and salty all at the same time, fennel may just be the new black (licorice).

Jackfruit

From puppies to sunshine to Forest Gump, only a few things in this world are universally adored, but none so much as BBQ. Even vegetarians salivate at the sight of pulled pork, and thanks to the jackfruit, these omnivorous creatures can now enjoy the barbecue favorite without sacrificing their ~green~ lifestyle. Native to South and Southeast Asia, the jackfruit is the largest tree-born fruit in the world and, when cooked, looks and tastes like pulled pork. The fruit can weigh between 10 and 100 pounds, so be sure to pace yourself and have extra BBQ sauce handy.

Black Sapote

There’s no other way to put it except that black sapote is proof of a higher power. A green fruit that looks mediocre at best, yet when sliced open reveals a deep brown color that has the consistency and taste of chocolate pudding. Maybe that’s why this species of persimmon is also known as the chocolate pudding fruit. Though it’s possible (and delicious) to scoop the tropical Central American and Caribbean fruit from its skin and eat it right then and there, there are countless innovative recipes that use black sapote as a chocolate alternative. Read: chocolate cakes and meringue pies. You. Are. Welcome.

Durian

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It’s widely known that it’s not easy being green, but it’s made that much harder when you’re both green and reek of old gym socks. Most prominent in Southeast Asia, Durian  is a spiky, peculiar looking fruit that smells like rotten onions but tastes like ice cream. Despite its pungent odor, the citizens of Southeast Asia have deemed Durian “king of fruits” due to its sweet, almond-like flavor. Apparently Durian’s stank is worth the taste, but I’d still recommend plugging your nose to fully enjoy it.  

Electric Daisies

~Officially~ know as Acmella Oleracea, electric daisies are a strange flower that when eaten, leave your mouth slightly tingly and anaesthetised for up to 15 minutes. Oh, and it also smells like a chocolatey mint. When consumed raw, electric daisies initially taste more or less how you think they would (grassy and earthy) but can be included in a number of clever recipes. Electric daisies takin’ ‘flower power’ to the next level.

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Hit-Or-Miss Sweets Video

Watch The Food Surgeon Flex Supreme Precision On This Banana Split Procedure

When we see hot fudge sundaes get made, they’re typically in settings where families with kids can pile on the toppings in a chaotic tower of banana and chocolate. However, chaotic is the complete opposite of the latest Food Surgeon video.

Probably known best for implanting a Kit Kat inside a 3 Musketeers Bar, the food doctor has a unique style you’d find watching an actual surgery. With all the loud personalities we see interacting with food on a daily basis, his videos are a refreshing change of pace.

Watch as he carefully performs a bisection on a banana with a steady hand, adds hot fudge, peanuts, and other ingredients you’d find on an ice cream sundae.

 

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Hit-Or-Miss Humor The Katchup Video

Crowdfunding For Tacos And The Burger King Sauna [THE KATCHUP]

Half of our office is conducting research on the other side of the world right now while the other half stays behind to keep the gears at the office grinding, but we still come together to bring you the most exciting, odd, heartwarming and cringeworthy stories on this week’s episode of The Katchup!

A gay pastor wrote a homophobic slur on his own cake from Whole Foods so that he could sue them. Why? To win a lifetime supply of Whole Foods cakes? What’s the endgame? One woman asked the world to pay for her to get some tacos. You might be surprised to see how the world responded.

China has made eating bananas erotically illegal. Who do you think you are, North Korea? The good people of Finland take their saunas so seriously that they put one in a Burger King. Just right there, right in the middle of it. Hey, some people like to soak with their Whoppers, who am I to judge? Finally, our boys out exploring the foods of the world created an ENORMOUS burger at the Guy Fieiri spot on their Carnival Cruise ship. Was it good? You’re about to find out.

This is…THE KATCHUP!

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Health Hit-Or-Miss

15 Things You Should Eat Before Sex If You Want To Last

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The Weeknd’s new album Beauty Behind the Madness drops today, significantly increasing the baby-making potential for anyone who has a listen. How best to prepare? Looking and feeling at the top of your physical game doesn’t come easy, but keeping a few key meals and ingredients in mind during the day can keep your stamina in the bedroom, when that time comes, at its peak.

Breakfast

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Start with that all-important meal in the morning.

  • Eggs are the go-to, B-vitamin protein that’ll ease stress levels and make you focus on what you’re doing.
  • Caffeinated coffee wakes your sorry ass up, and even makes you “regular”.
  • No time? Slather heart-healthy peanut butter on multi-grain toast.
  • Even oatmeal’s amino acids will help relax the muscles around blood vessels near your man parts. This results in increased blood flow.

Lunch

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Lunch hour should be your biggest meal, so do double duty and have a steak salad.

  • Slow-digesting, lean meats and vitamin-packed leafy greens are a killer combination for stored energy.
  • Add nature’s butter with the good kind of fat: avocado. Your libido will thank you later.
  • If you crave starchy foods, substitute boring white rice for the muscle-strengthening grain called quinoa.
  • Switch out soda for unsweetened tea; it stimulates the brain and cleanses your system with catechin antioxidants.

Late Afternoon

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That afternoon slump will have you craving empty carbs.

  • Use that hunger to fuel up on nutrient-dense dried fruit and nuts.
  • Bananas contain fiber and natural sugars, giving quick energy when you need it most.
  • Even a bottle of green juice will pack in those vegetables and fruit with little effort.

 

Dinner

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At night, if you give a damn about what the other person thinks (smells?), avoid garlicky foods or anything that’ll give you gas.

  • Fatty acids found in salmon trigger arousal by raising dopamine levels.
  • Pair it with green beans, which will keep your blood oxygen-rich and flowing easily.
  • Eating fried foods will weigh you down and upset a stomach, and the last thing you want is indigestion.
  • For dessert, figs, red grapes and even watermelon will provide that final boost of stamina.

We can’t prevent you from drinking, so down lots of water beforehand to flush out toxins. Rule of thumbs involve keeping the number of drinks down to keep performance high. One drink for a buzz, too many will deflate your loins sooner than expected.

And turn up that music; ain’t nothing better than not feeling your face while you’re doing the nasty.

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Why Our Favorite Bananas Might Soon Be Wiped Out Of Existence

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Everyone’s favorite banana may soon be extinct. The Smithsonian reports that the Cavendish, the most popular pieces of banana in the United States, has been hit with a devastating fungus in countries that produce them.

Called the Fusarium wilt, the fungus has already struck both Africa and Asia. It has since also hit the banana-growing regions of Australia, reports Bloomberg Business. Before the Cavendish rose to popularity, everyone enjoyed eating its predecessor the Gros Michel. However, the same fugal pathogen wiped the species out in the 1950s.

Once infected, the banana leaves start to yellow and continue to brown until the fruit eventually dries. Researchers are scrambling to find a cure for the fungus, but might already be too late to save the popular species of fruit. The fungus is said to hit the US in about 5 to 10 years.

The new strain of Fusarium can be easily transmitted and acts quickly. While it has yet to hit the US, sources say it’s only a matter of time. Chances are, however, that the Cavendish species will be extinct like the former Gros Michel. Though it’s likely a stronger species of banana will eventually replace it.

 

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We’re More Concerned About Calories in Apples than Big Macs, Google Confirms

Google recently released its Zeitgeist: Year in Search and collated a bunch of data, resulting in all the lists popping up in your news feed (this included).

We know you don’t like words, so we visualized the answers your top 10 calorie questions. You’re welcome.

1. Banana (medium)

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2. Pumpkin Pie

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3. Apple (medium)

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4. Egg (medium)

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5. Avocado

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6. Cheeseburger

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7. Big Mac

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8. Watermelon

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9. Orange (large)

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10. Slice of Pizza (regular crust)

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32 Despicably Cute Photos of Minions in Your Food

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Despicable Me’s minions are looking to supersede kittens and piglets as the world’s cutest creatures. You can spot these petite, bright yellow fellows everywhere these days, they’re the most coveted prize at the county fair and scene-stealing commercials with that bubbly Progressive lady.

Now, they’re in your food. Oh, yes. There’s no escaping them, and why would you want to anyhow? They make for the perfect cuddle buddy/night light and have a strange fascination with farts. Adorable, er, right?

So here’s a list of 32 minions in your food via Instagram. Because if you can’t beat ’em, you might as well make them into pretty cupcakes and latte art. Naturally.

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Minion Cookies tho

Bougie Minion

Mickey Mouse Cameo

Pyro Minon

Keep Calm & Eat Minions

Beware the Evil Minion

 

Minion Twinkie Cupcakes

 

That’s Gotta Hurt

Nailed It

Sheer Genius

This one spins and talks. Overachiever much?

Minion Pops

Say It with Minions

Perfection

Minion Tic Tacs are sadly not real-life

Minion Caramel Apples

Bananas Disguised as Minions

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It’s official, they’re taking over the world: Minion Oreos

Hipster Minion

 WOT!

Mini Minion Chocolates

Minion Latte Art

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Health

So Apparently Bananas Are as Bad for You as Cookies and French Fries? [INFOGRAPHIC]

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I give up. Eating healthy is hard enough, but now you’re telling me the few healthy things I do like aren’t that good for me anyway?

An infographic put out by San Francisco-based health company Massive Health purports that, based on the level of satiety (or fullness after eating), bananas are only as good a choice as cookies and french fries. In other words, if you’re trying to lose weight by eating less, you might as well pull up to a McDonald’s and order yourself a batch of the gold and crispies since that anemic crescent thing just ain’t gonna cut it.

The science, conducted by researchers at the University of Sydney, has got to do with the banana’s satiety and glycemic indexes. Basically eating a banana won’t keep you full very long and will probably cause your body to want to eat more later. It’s also sure to give you a sugar crash once you’re done digesting, especially if eaten on its own, instead of as part of a larger meal or snack.

The chart suggests switching out bananas with foods higher up on the satiety scale, like grapes or apples or oranges, in order to cut down on hunger and the potential for binge eating – though it doesn’t go into too much detail on all the reasons bananas are still better for you than cookies, except to say they’re more nutritious. (Thanks science, I was confused for a second there.)

Still, it’s probably best you not trade out your post-workout ‘nanner for a good old chocolate chip, but at least you can pretend bananas are junk food now. That’s always fun.

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H/T + PicThx Daily Health