World History: November 23 1534 German botanist Otto Brunfels dies. His work is considered to be a bridge between ancient and modern botany. 1553 Italian Botanist Prospero Alpini born. He is said to have introduced coffee and bananas to Europe. 1921 US President Harding signs the Willis Campell Act which prohibits doctors from prescribing alcohol, […]
World History: September 27 1870 Edmund McIlhenny patents an improved method for making pepper sauce and today only the Tabasco Sauce can bear that name. 1877 James Drummond Dole born. Known as the Pineapple King, he founded Hawaiian Pineapple Company which was later renamed Dole Pineapple Co. 1957 Jay A. Pritzker purchases the Hyatt hotel […]
World History: July 27 1880 African American Alexander P. Ashbourne patents the method for refining coconut oil.
World History: June 5 1876 The Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia sells bananas for the first time in the US for .10 cents each and grow with great popularity. 1883 Horlick’s develops the process to dehydrate milk calling it Malted Milk. 1946 Inventor of SPAM, meat maker George A. Hormel dies.
Food & History: May 20 1506 Explorer Christopher Columbus dies. 1799 Honore de Balzac Born. Author and food enthusiast, Balzac would lock himself in a room when he had a spell of creativity consuming only fruit, eggs and coffee. When he took a break he consumed huge amounts of food. One report recalls that at […]
World History: April 17 1629 Horses first imported to the American colonies by the Massachusetts Bay Colony. 1790 Benjamin Franklin dies. A Founding father of America, also, among many things including publisher of ‘Poor Richard’s Almanac.’ 1810 Lewis Mills Norton of Goshen, Connecticut issued a US patent for ‘pineapple cheese’. 1917 The Del Monte brand appears […]
Citrus If you are not using fresh citrus fruits don’t even bother to mix drinks. If you are going to be mixing cocktails, any cocktail, and yes this includes a classic Martini, Rum & Coke, or especially, especially a tiki or Polynesian drink, you need fresh citrus fruits, even if its just a garnish. The […]
History & Tiki Trivia: March 4 1792 – Oranges first introduced in Hawaii
History & Tiki Trivia: March 1 1989 A phone call to the US Embassy in Chile begins results in an 11 day embargo of Chilian fruit. The anonymous phone call warns that Red Flame grapes have been injected with cyanide. Over 2 million crates of Chilean fruit is impounded and 20,000 Chilean food workers lose […]
World History: February 3 2006 Del Monte announces it was no longer economical and would cease its Hawaiian pineapple operation.
World History: January 11 1813 Pineapples were first planted in Hawaii. They were first cultivated in Paraguay and in the southern part of Brazil. Later explorers brought the to the Caribbean and later traveled and planted in Hawaii.