Food is the only constant that unites us all. Every culture has its own cooking style. We believe that staple foods in our own kitchen have a deep history in our culture.
What's shocking is that some of the foods we eat every day have wild bizarre origin stories that you would never guess. From the almost "Belgian fries" to a recipe brought to life by a spirits-based nun. This list lets you think about food in a whole new light.
Ketchup is perhaps the American standard for spices. It is a very popular topping for hot dogs and hamburgers and the dipping sauce of choice for almost everything, especially for kids.
It's so popular that 97 percent of US households report having it in the fridge. Obviously a purely American product, right?
Surprisingly, ketchup actually comes from China. The word "ketchup" comes from a Chinese Hokkien word ke-tsiap a fermented fish sauce that was very popular in southeastern China.
The British were inspired by this sauce and tried to replicate it at home. This was indicated by a recipe for "Ketchup in Paste", published in 1732 by Richard Bradley. The origin was called "Bencoulin in the East Indies".
However, this was a long way from the ketchup we know and love today. Finally, a man named Henry J. Heinz got involved and started producing his own ketchup recipe in 1876. The rest is history. 
9 Fried Chicken
Fried Chicken is another deeply rooted standard. If you were to tell most people that roast chicken was invented only in the American South, you would have a turmoil in your hands.
With all the apologies to Colonel Sanders and the 11 herbs and spices in his "Original Recipe," the roast chicken was invented in Scotland. Okay, you probably did not guess that because Scotland is not exactly the synonym for roast chicken. But it is the truth.
In the Middle Ages, the Scots were among the only people who preferred to cook their chicken in hot fat using a method that we now refer to as "frying". In the 19th century, many Scottish immigrants came to the United States, which populated the American South and put the court in the foreground. 
Of course, they were assisted by African slaves, who made the court the joy we know today and brought to life a deep-rooted staple for the soul.
Over 30,000 years ago, modern food could not have been popular, could it? In fact, researchers have found pancakes in the stomach of Otzi the Iceman, a corpse dating back to 5300 years.
In ancient Greece and Rome pancakes were made from a mixture of honey, wheat flour, olive oil and sour milk. During the English Renaissance, the popular breakfast dish was flavored with apple, sherry, rosewater or spices. 
Thomas Jefferson loved pancakes so much that he sent a recipe for pancake specialties to his hometown from the White House.
It is not surprising that bacon has been around since 1500 BC. The life of the people pleased. It is surprising that it comes from ancient China. At that time, the Chinese smoked pork belly with salt and produced probably the most important historical invention of the world: bacon.
After all, the Romans and Greeks, through their conquests, learned of the smoking process and started making their own bacon. The early bacon form of the ancient Romans was known as petaso a pork shoulder cooked with dried figs, browned and served with wine.
The word "bacon" is said to have many origins origins – the French word bako the Germanic word bakkon and the old Germanic word bake . All refer to the back of a pig.
In the 17th century they finally got it right. The word "bacon" has become the salted, smoked pork belly that we know and love today. 
6 Mac And Cheese
Macaroni in combination with a melted cheese sauce (sometimes with decadent lobster or, even better, baked bacon) is a further stimulant. Since this is pasta, it is not surprising that this dish is rooted in Italy.
The dish served there, however, is far from the court that Kraft brought out in 1937 in a box. In fact, Mac and cheese existed before the 13th century was rather a lasagna in southern Italy. This recipe called for noodles cooked in water and covered with grated cheese and spices. 
"American Mac and Cheese" has far more modest roots. However, like most good stories of origin, it is full of controversy. According to some, Mac and cheese were invented as a casserole dish to bring the church meals in New England. This story suggests that the dish was long known as the "macaroni pudding".
Others say Thomas Jefferson (apparently a food lover) brought back a pasta maker from Italy to which his wife had become accustomed. Make the bowl of Parmesan that Jefferson later replaced with Cheddar. However, it is undeniable that macaroni and cheese are a delicious dinner that you can prepare on a budget.
5 The Hamburger
It is common knowledge that the hamburger was invented in Hamburg in the 19th century, but that is only partially true. The meat of the Hamburg cow was minced, combined with spices and made into a pie (traditionally referred to as a "hamburger steak").
This used to be considered an upscale meal, as it was just a spicy pate with meat. No roll was one of the pricier items on the fine dining menu. Real hamburgers with rolls, however, come only a while later.
In fact, they did not really develop into sandwich shape until the Industrial Revolution. During this time, the factory workers were served steak steaks from a dining car. A brilliant soul, whose name has been lost in history, began to put the meat between two pieces of bread to make it easier to eat while working – and viola! Today's hamburger was born. 
4 The Hot Dog
Ah yes, another American icon that is not even American. Hot dogs were invented in Germany. Of course they were called "Dachshund sausage" or "doggie sausage" there. These terms refer to the fact that this sausage is smaller and thinner than traditional German sausages.
The man behind the invention of these sausages was Johann Georghehner. He brought his product to Frankfurt to market it and produced the term "Frankfurter". 
How did "Frankfurter" become "Hot Dog"?
Well, in a shocking twist, the name was coined by drunken college kids, or so goes the theory. Frankfurters were incredibly popular because they were cheap and easy to eat. Somehow, a budding college genius found out the origin of the hot dog and that its original name in German referred to a "small dog".
This caused him (or her) to rumor that hotdogs were made from dogs meat. Somehow this witty theory boosted the popularity of the Frankfurter, and the name "hot dog" stuck.
3 French fries
They are called "fries", so they have to be French, right? It turns out that this may not be the case.
A competing theory states that the golden, fried, crispy potatoes were originally made in Belgium. The villagers near the Meuse often ate fried fish as a staple food. In winter, the rivers would freeze and break access to the fish, so they roast potatoes for their meals instead.
It is rumored that US soldiers came across it. Since the prevailing language in this part of Belgium was French, the soldiers called the food "fries".
As with any good lineage, there is a third theory. Some believe that the "french fries" is really Spanish. The Spaniards were the first to encounter the South Americans, as mentioned in The Chronicle of the Incas or the seventeen-year journey of Pedro Cieza de Leon by the Mighty Kingdom of Peru . This was written by Pedro Cieza de Leon as a memoir. 
No matter what the truth is, "French fries" sound much better than "Belgian fries" or "Spanish fries" we stick to it as it is.
Are you ready for a scary religious history?
According to an Indian legend, a nun is responsible for the first chili recipe recorded on paper. Apparently, Sister Mary of Agreda from Spain would fall into a trance and leave her lifeless body behind for days. As a shadowy in different cultures, she preached with her soul to "savages" and encouraged her to visit Spanish Christian missions.
Although her biological sister, Mary, never left the borders of Spain, it is believed that she walked in the Spirit across the globe. The Native Americans refer to them as la dama de azul ("the lady in blue"). 
But we are a bit skeptical here. A nun roams the globe at a time when there is still no intercultural communication and the most famous information she brings back is a recipe for chili? Must be a divine recipe.
1 Chocolate biscuits
At the end always a dessert. The Chocolate Chip Cookie is a classic in this category. Whoever thought that must have been a visionary.
As it turned out, the chocolate biscuit was the result of a lucky accident. Ruth Graves Wakefield ran an inn in Massachusetts called Toll House Inn. She and her husband were preparing to bake chocolate butter biscuits, a favorite treat from the colonial era, when Ruth realized she could no longer bake chocolate Andrew Nestle herself. She decided to hack it and use it as a substitute. Instead of dissolving in the dough during the baking process, the pieces of chocolate retained their shape and resulted in the most delicious accident in US history. 
Eric Falvey is a US born author. His comedy novel The Book of Roderick Medieval Mayhem is currently available on Amazon as a softcover, e-book or audiobook.