I love French fries! I will eat it every day if I could. Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, dipped in ketchup. Just imagine! All I knew about French fries was that they originated in France and they taste good until I came across this post that blew my mind. According to Nook’s post, The name French fry is not French. The origins of the French fry have been traced back to Belgium, where historians claim potatoes were being fried in the late 1600s. According to the Belgian lore, poor villagers ate small fried fish they caught in the river. During the winter season, the river would freeze over, making fishing impossible and forcing the villagers to find other sources of food to eat. So they planted potatoes, slicing and frying it much in the same way they prepared the fish. And just like that, the earliest French fries were born. American soldiers stationed in Belgium were first introduced to French fries during World War I. As the official language of the Belgian army was French, soldiers nicknamed the delicious fried potatoes “French fries.” The name stuck, and decades later we’re still giving credit to the wrong country. Mind blowing right? I did some more research on French fries and found some facts.
French fries were introduced to USA by President Thomas Jefferson in 1801. (Resource)
7% of French fries grown in the USA are sent to McDonald’s. (Resource)
July 13th is National French Fries Day. (Resource)
French fries are so popular that there is a whole museum dedicated to French fries, it is called Friet Museum. It is located in Belgium. (Resource)
French fries are one of my favorite food. I don’t know how the world would be like without French fries. Please comment down below how often you eat French fries.