Food is one thing which makes its way not only into a person’s stomach but his heart and mind as well. People say that food is one way you can impress people the most, and the most effective way to impress at that. Food holds an essence which is greater and more affectionate than what we can think of, because there is no person in this world who can stay with an empty stomach. Yes, people obviously just love eating, not to forgot those who eat excessively, the foodies. Food is one way to gain and acquire a person’s love and taste, and therefore there have been a lot of places which have been immortalized as foods, and given names to particular food dishes, such as the Hamburger which has got its name from the place Hamburg, but there is also surpsiingly as list of people who have been immortalized as foods in today’s culinary world. Food is an easy way to remember, and a lot of people wpuld love to remember this names of food dishes and items, and thus people’s names getting associated with certain kind of food items and dishes and thus immortalizing them as foods for us to remember and cherish, and also appreciate. Here is a list of the top 10 people immortalized as foods today, and which are eaten and consumed by many across the globe.
1. Ruth Cleveland or Baby Ruth
The Baby Ruth is a chocolate candy bar very similar to Oh Henry!, made with caramel, peanuts and nougat, produced by the Curtiss Candy Company in 1921. Many people assumed that this candy was named after the famous baseball player Baby Ruth, but Curtiss claimed that this bar was named after Ruth Cleveland who was the daughter of President Grover Cleveland. No one really knows the truth behind the name of this delicious candy, but the Baby Ruth today is owned by Nestle.
2. John McIntosh
John McIntosh was a farmer in Canada. Once while clearing his land, he and his son found some apple seedlings which he then planted. The seeds grew into a fine quality and gave rare red and green coloured apples. John then learnt grafting and cloned this fine quality apple tree to produce more varieties of the same. His brother Sandy promoted these apples with the name of ‘McIntosh Red’, which still remains popular among other different kinds of delicious apples.
3. Luisa Tetrazzini
Luisa Tetrazzini was an internationally acclaimed and loved Italian soprano known for her strong and high notes. During that time when she was actually famous, one of the chefs named one of his dishes as Tetrazzini, which includes seafood, mushrooms, almonds, vegetables and white cheese sauce, but the name of the chef remains unknown till date.
4. Clara Tootsie Hirshfield
The tasty and chocolaty Tootsie Rolls was made and created by the Tootsie Rolls Industries Inc. which was founded in 1896 by Leo Hirshfield, with these rolls being their first made product, which went on to being a big hit of course. These rolls got their name from the 1800’s slang for ‘girl’ or ‘sweetheart’. Hirshfield named the Tootsie rolls after his daughter Clara went by the nickname ‘Tootsie’.
5. Reuben Kulakofsky or Arnold Reuben
The famous Reuben sandwich is made of rye bread, corned beef, Swiss cheese and sauerkraut. One story goes that it was named after Reuben Kulakofsky, a grocer from Nebraska who made this sandwich for the late night poker players at the Blackstone Hotel. Another story claims that Reuben sandwich originated at the Reuben’s Restaurant, a deli in New York and named after its founder, Arnold Reuben, but no one knows what the actual story behind the Reuben sandwich is.
6. Brother Marie-Clement
Vital Rodier was born in central France in the 19th century. In 1859, he moved to Algeria and joined a Catholic organization called Brothers of Annunciation, and became Brother Marie-Clement. Later, this organization started with an orphanage which included a large farm, and gradually Brother Marie-Clement started taking an interest in horticulture. He developed and discovered a different variety of a citrus fruit, which the French botanist Louis Trabut called them Clementines after Brother Marie Clement. The Clementines are also called Christmas oranges as they grown in the peak of November to January and are a hybrid of mandarins and sweet oranges.
7. A boy named Henry
The Oh Henry! Is a popular candy bar with fudge, peanuts and caramel. It is made by Nestle in USA and Hershey in Canada. The original Oh Henry! Chocolate bar was introduced in 1920 by the Williamson Candy Company of Chicago, named after a boy who used to come to the factory to flirt with the girls who made candies, and every time the girls needed to have something done, they would just call ‘Oh Henry!’ Another story says that the founder of the candy company, George Williamson as very fond of the short stories written by William Sydney Porter under the pen name of O. Henry. This candy has another version that the candy bar was originally developed and made by Tom Henry, and thus named after him. No one knows the true story, but who cares when you have a candy as sweet as that!
8. Ah Bing
Ah Bing born in Manchuria, China, travelled to America and found work in the orchards of the Lewelling family. Seth Lewelling was a renowned horticulturist who specialized in growing different types of cherries. One such cherry he grew was the Black Republican cherry tree which was larger in size than the usual cherries otherwise. Seth named this particular cherry tree as the Bing cherry, after his foreman. The Bing cherry is still the most popular sweet cherry in the United States of America.
9. Otto Von Bismarck
Otto Von Bismarck was a world renowned German in the 1800’s. He was the first Chancellor of Germany who had many American things named after him, including the capital of North Dakota. One of these things was the jelly filled doughnuts which originated in Germany. These without-hole doughnuts are frosted with icing, whipped cream or sugar and the inside is filled with jelly, jam chocolate or custard. These doughnuts were brought to North America and since then they have been termed as Bismarcks.
10. Richard Williams and Enoch Bartlett
The Williams pear is a very common variety of pear belonging to the European pear tree species. The pear was named after Richard Williams who grew these pears in his garden and sold them all across England. Later, an American named James Carter brought a number of Williams pear trees to the United States and planted on a piece of land owned by Thomas Brewer in Massachusetts, which later went on to the hands of a lady named Enoch Bartlett. Bartlett sold the pears and sent them to North America, and the seller there did not know the name of the pear and just named it after her name, the Bartlett pears which still sticks in North America today.
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