Food, Glorious Food Quiz

by Madeleine Hawks

Tomorrow I’m posting about a food tour that I went on recently, but in preparation, I offer you this quiz to test your knowledge of food, glorious food. If you answer any of these correctly, you should reward yourself with a snack. Answers at the bottom!

1. What is a locavore?

a) a native animal

b) a messy eater

c) a person who prioritizes local eating

2. Who loves chomping on acidic milk whey?

a) babies

b) piggies

c) squirrels

3. What is a foodshed?

a) the geographic area that produces the food people eat within a network

b) a grain storage facility on a farm

c) this hip new eatery that you haven’t even heard of yet

4. What is terroir?

a) a small white dog that makes serious faces

b) the character of the flavor and quality of the food related to the geographic region where it was grown

c) French treats

5. What is PDO?

a) a Protected Designation of Origin

b) Public Displays of Ostriches

c) Push Door Open

6. What’s the nearest farm to you?

a) Shady Brook

b) Belmont

c) Heck if I know, you’re going to have to do your own research!

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ANSWERS

1. What is a locavore?

c) a person who prioritizes local eating

Locavores are interested in eating food from local farms. This can include meat, dairy, vegetables, honey, etc. The idea is that people know their food sources and cut back on long distance food transportation while supporting the local economy. “Locavore” was the word of the year in 2007 for the Oxford American Dictionary. I’ve actually heard a rumor that Charlottesville is the locavore capital of the world.  

2. Who loves chomping on acidic milk whey?

b) piggies

That’s why the Parma region in Italy produces such great Prosciutto! Parma, Italy is known for its parmesan cheese. Whey is a leftover product of cheese production. Pigs love eating whey. Whey makes pigs taste good. Tasty pigs make for great prosciutto (also known as Parma ham), which is a dry-cured, thinly sliced ham. Prosciutto and Parmesan are a perfect match. That’s foodie symbiosis, my friends! 

3. What is a foodshed?

a) the geographic area that produces the food people eat within a network

A foodshed is a system of “food flows” within a region, including: the land it grows on, the route it travels, the markets it passes through, and the tables it ends up on. The foodshed can also include the social and cultural networks among the people who produce, sell, and eat the food.

4. What is terroir?

b) the character of the flavor and quality of the food related to the geographic region where it was grown

Terroir is “the special characteristics that the geography, geology and climate of a certain place, interacting with the plant’s genetics, expressed in agricultural products such as wine, coffee, tomatoes, heritage wheat and tea.” Climate, soil type, topography, and the presence of other nearby plants all contribute to terroir.  These variables go a long way in changing the taste, smell, and texture of the foods. Skilled producers have a keen knowledge of the place where they grow their products and manipulate the growing and processing based on these variables to create a unique taste. Next time you have a sip of wine, mumble something about terroir and people will be impressed. 

5. What is PDO?

a) a Protected Designation of Origin

Remember the thing about the Parma ham and the Parmesan cheese? Well, those are examples of PDO foods. The European Union has created this designation to “protect the reputation of the regional foods, promote rural and agricultural activity, help producers obtain a premium price for their authentic products, and eliminate the unfair competition and misleading of consumers by non-genuine products, which may be of inferior quality or of different flavor.” Think champagne (only uses grapes grown in the Champagne region), Camembert cheese, Columbian coffee, and even Vidalia onions. 

6. What’s the nearest farm to you?

c) Heck if I know, you’re going to have to do your own research! But I am curious, so tell me about it. 

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