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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Fake Cinnamon & Foxy Lettuce

Imagine if someone asked you the following question: "Do you think lettuce is foxy?" How would you respond?

Well this is a question I asked Nate a few days ago. The question seemed quite odd to him. "" he responded incredulously. Why did I ask him such an outlandish question? Because the lettuce I purchased is "Foxy" brand lettuce and it suddenly occurred to me that foxes have nothing to do with lettuce in the wild. Why use such a mascot or brand name for vegetables? Personally I think that Foxy Chicken makes much more sense. Or if foxes used vegetables to capture rabbits in the wild I supposed it would make more sense as a brand name for veggies. What say you?

This reminds me of another amusing anecdote. When last I visited my parent's house, I happily snacked on a cereal that looked and tasted like little churro bites. Pretty Yummy. While I poured myself a bowl I noticed that the box boasted, "Made with real cinnamon!" While I enjoyed my cereal, I thought about their claim. I wondered to myself, "If all they can boast is real cinnamon, then what is the rest of the cereal made of??" Disturbing question. Then an even more disturbing question came to mind, "What in heaven's name, pray tell, is fake cinnamon??" I mean if a cereal company can boast REAL cinnamon, it in turn seems logical that there must be fake cinnamon.

Does anyone out there have any thoughts on these perplexing questions?


Shella said...

Most of the "cinnamon" we use is not really cinnamon at all. It's called Saigon, I believe. Alton Brown from The Food Network's "Good Eats" taught me all about it. :) So maybe they use actual cinnamon instead of Saigon cinnamon. Saigon is naturally grown, it's just a different variety. Pretty sure.

Meridy said...

Ah! Interesting. I'm feeling comforted about the whole cinnamon thing, now. I'll have to look it up myself sometime. Thanks Shella!