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Watch How Worcestershire Sauce Is Made

The popular Worcestershire sauce (nearly 180 years old) is the base for many recipes, cocktails, and salads. After all this time, have you ever wondered how that pungent, yet delicious, liquid condiment is made?

How It’s Made, a popular series on Science Channel that shows how every-day packaged foods and sauces are created, takes a look at Worcestershire sauce. We get a behind-the-scenes look at all at the fermented ingredients (onion, anchovies) that go into the sauce and their journey through the factory before ending up in bottles.

Check out the mesmerizing journey a bunch of random ingredients go on before slumming it together in a glass bottle. You kind of appreciate it more now once you know how it’s made.

Photo: Science Channel

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World’s Oldest Tea Discovered In 2,100-Year-Old Tombs

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Archaeologists discovered 2,100-year-old plant remains in ancient Chinese tombs that they believed to be tea. A new analysis reported by NPR confirms their suspicions, making this the world’s oldest evidence of the beverage. Proving how important tea has been in Chinese culture even this far back in time, one of the samples was found in the tomb of Jing Emperor Liu Qi, who died in 141 B.C.

That’s no surprise, because one of the tombs, the Han Yangling Mausoleum in Xi’an in western China, was built for the Jing Emperor Liu Qi, who died in 141 B.C. The other tomb is the slightly younger Gurgyam Cemetery (maybe A.D. 200) in Ngari district, western Tibet. In both, archeologists found remains of millets, rice and a kind of spinach. They also found tiny leaf buds that bore an uncanny resemblance to the finest tea. Tea does not grow in the area of the tombs, so the evidence shows not only that it was present and valued enough to be buried with important people, but also that it was being imported to Xi’an at least 141 years B.C., and westwards into Tibet by the second century.

While it can’t be determined whether the tea was used for brewing a beverage, James Benn, professor of Buddhism and East Asian religions at McMaster University in Canada and author of the recent book Tea in China: A Religious and Cultural History, stated that the tea was certainly consumed “in some form,” possibly for medicinal purposes.

Head over to NPR to read more about this ancient tea.

Feature image via FCartegnie.

Written by Ryan Kristobak, HistoryBuff

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Here’s How This Plant Might Help Scientists Grow Food On Mars

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Pretty soon, we’re going to have to leave this planet behind. While we quickly work to make Mars habitable, scientists are currently studying a plant they believe will help us learn to to grow food on the harsh planet.

The Wall Street Journal reports that scientists have found and isolated the DNA sequence of the Nicotiana benthamiana, an ancient tobacco plant from Australia. The plant has a genetic trait that helps it survive in harsh environments. Figuring out how to shut down its immune system, scientists are now able to let the plant focus on self-seeding and growing quickly.

Much like Australia, space doesn’t have any pathogens for plants to worry about getting sick from. The WSJ says that because they’re no longer focused on fighting disease, the plants will focus all their energy into growing fast and surviving the harsh environments.

Thanks to this discovery, we might soon be able to grow food on Mars.