Number of oysters New Zealanders eat on average each year: 100,000,000
Population of New Zealand: 4.1 million
Number of times Koreans wash their rice before cooking: 4
Number of varieties of seaweed or laver found around the shores of Korea and Japan: 1,000
Average amount of salted and dried cod that each Portuguese resident eats a year: 100 pounds
Colour many Chileans paint their kitchens to keep flies away: Deep blue
Number of years corn has been cultivated in Mexico: 7,000
Number of hours the main Mexican meal of the day, the comida , unfolds over: two or three hours, usually between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Time the evening meal is usually served in Spain: 10 p.m. or later
Amount of milk in the typical diet in mainland China: 0
Amount of time Chinese thousand year eggs are usually stored: 6 to 10 weeks
Age of a fork found in China that pre-dates chopsticks: 4,600 years
Number of distinct, separate dishes in Chinese cuisine: 80,000
Number of separate recipes for egg dishes that can be found in Larousse Gastronomique : 282
Number of sauces France's "King of Chefs" Marie-Antoine Carême categorized in French cuisine: More than 200
Number of hams the gastronome Brillat-Savarin claimed he could cook down to a bottle of sauce "no bigger than your thumb": 50
Number of hours a Japanese ramen cook will boil pork for soup broth: nine
Number of distinct regional cuisines in France: 12
Years that hardy young Frenchwomen ( filles du roi ) arrived in New France in Canada, each with "an ox, a cow, a pair of swine, two barrels of salted meat and 11 crowns": late 1600s
Number of ethnocultural groups with their own culture and cuisine now living in Canada: More than 100
Rank of Canada's per capita egg consumption in the world in 1928: first
Average annual per capita egg consumption in France in 1790, 1938 and 1964: five dozen, 12 dozen and 19 dozen respectively
Increase in the weight of the average egg from 1850 to 1999: From 1.8 to 2.1 ounces
Number of varieties of wheat known: About 30,000
Number of years ago that spelt was grown in what is now southern Germany: 6,000 years
Amount of grapes needed to make one cup/250 ml of balsamic vinegar: 70 lb/36 kg
Number of kinds of common vinegars: seven (wine vinegars; cider vinegars; fruit vinegars, including pineapple and coconut; malt vinegars; Asian vinegars; white vinegars; distilled vinegars)
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