Over time, lots of place names have become attached to food. For instance, Hamburg got Brussels and the burger got the Brussels sprout. But more seldom, a man’s name would be immortalized in cuisine. Listverse wrote about eggs Benedict and others in an earlier list, but there are more!
10Richard Williams And Enoch Bartlett
Outside of Asia, the most common variety of pear is an unique offshoot of the European pear tree species, the Williams pear. It’s named after Richard Williams, who distribute them across England and lifted the trees in his greenhouse. It’s said that the first ones came from the yard of a schoolmaster in the hamlet of Aldermaston.
An American named James Carter (not the peanut-farming President) brought several Williams pear trees to America. They were put on land. That land distribute them across North America and ended up in the control of one Enoch Bartlett, who sold the pears. Perhaps he did’t understand they had a name, or perhaps he simply dismissed that fact that is small, but he called the name stuck and them Bartlett pears. It’s what North Americans call them to this day.
9Otto Von Bismarck
Jelly-filled doughnuts (with no doughnut hole) originated in Germany, where they were traditionally eaten to observe New Year’s Eve and the carnival days before Lent (Rose Monday and Shrove Tuesday). They’re generally topped with whipped cream, frosted with icing, or sprinkled with sugar. The fill could really be jelly, jam, chocolate, custard, or something different.
German immigrants brought many of their customs to North America, for example, jelly- . Some North Americans call them Bismarcks (or Bismarks). Other North Americans call jam busters or them jelly doughnuts. There’s no known record of the word Bismarck was applied to the bite, but Otto von Bismarck was a world-famous German in the 1800s. He was Chancellor of Germany, and many American things were named after him, for example, capital of North Dakota.
There’s additionally an entirely different food called a Bismarck! That would be the Dutch baby pancake, a sweet, light, hollow roll (popover) usually served at breakfast. Despite their name, a restaurant devised them in Seattle.
Ah Bing was born in the first half of the 19th century in Manchuria, China. He traveled to America and around 1855 he found work in the orchards of the Lewelling family near Milwaukie, Oregon. As time passes, he became a foreman, supervising 30 other workers.
The brother of the first orchard creator, Seth Lewelling, was a horticulturist who was really great at developing new varieties of cherry. In 1860, he grew the first Black Republican cherry tree (the name seems odd now, but meant something different then). In 1875, a Black Republican planting created a promising seedling—the cherries were so large that they were mistaken by some people for crabapples! The new variety was named the Bing cherry by Seth, after his foreman.
As time passes, the Bing cherry became quite popular, and it the most produced assortment of sweet cherry in america. In 1889, Ah Bing returned to China to see with his family. The US government’s Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 prevented him from returning to America.
7A Son Named Henry
The Oh Henry! Is a candy bar including caramel, peanuts, and fudge. It’s made by Nestle in america and by Hershey in Canada (the two variants are really a bit different). The official history (from the Nestle and Hershey Canada sites) says the first Oh Henry! bar was introduced in 1920, by the Williamson Candy Company of Chicago.
The pub was named after a lad who used to come into the Williamson Candy Company factory to flirt with the women making sweet. Every time the girls needed to have something done, they’d call ‘Oh Henry!’ ”
Aww, how sweet. Might it be authentic, though? There are other storylines. One says that George Williamson (the creator of the candy company) loved the short stories of William Sydney Porter, who wrote under the pen name O. Henry. Another story says the candy bar named after, Tom Henry, a candy maker who’d help others enhance their candy bars, and was initially developed by. One thing is certain—it was
Essential Rodier was born in the early 19th century in central France. In 1859, he joined the Brothers of the Annunciation, a Catholic organization of which his uncle was a member and traveled to northern Algeria. He became Brother Marie Clement. The brotherhood ran an orphanage, which Rodier helped to handle.
The orphanage contained Brother Marie-Clement, and a big farm shortly took a keen interest in horticulture. At some point, he either developed or found a brand new variety of citrus fruit (it may actually have originated in the Orient). The French botanist Louis Trabut noted the variety that was new and urged it be called the Clementine in honor of Marie Clement.
Because their peak season is November through January, clementines are occasionally called Christmas oranges. They were regarded as a hybrid of a mandarin and a bitter orange, but modern genetic studies have supported that they’re a hybrid of sweet and mandarins oranges.
5Reuben Kulakofsky Or Arnold Reuben
Most folks agree that a Reuben sandwich contains sauerkraut, corned beef, Swiss cheese, and rye bread —but who was Reuben? There are two claims that are common.
One claim is that Reuben was Reuben Kulakofsky (or Kolakofsky), a grocer from Omaha, Nebraska. Seemingly, the sandwich was formulated by him at the Blackstone Hotel for late night poker players. That claim appears improbable, since Kulakofsky was Jewish and it’d’t be kosher to combine cheese and steak, but perhaps it was a joke?
The second common claim is that the Reuben sandwich originated at the now-defunct Reuben’s (or Reuben’s Restaurant), a deli in New York named after its creator, Arnold Reuben. Actually, that claim has several variants. The most common one says that celebrity Anna Seelos came after her nightly performance into the deli. She asked for a sandwich and got one with coleslaw, baked Virginia ham, roast turkey, Swiss cheese, rye bread, and Reuben’s special Russian dressing. That variant was known as the “Reuben Special and the Reuben sandwich was a variant that arrived after.
Sadly, there are not any known trustworthy records to create which claim is not false.
4Clara “Tootsie” Hirshfield
Tootsie Rolls are advertised as “the iconic treat that offers a -balanced cocoa flavor fruit-flavored undertone.” (This scribbler would describe them as an independently-wrapped mini-log, not-rather caramel and not-rather chocolate and which he wasn’t-quite content to get for Halloween.)
Would you consider that Tootsie Roll Industries Inc., the manufacturer of Tootsie Rolls, is a publicly traded firm which reserved about US$540 million in sales in 2013? The firm was founded in 1896 by Leo Hirshfield, an Austrian immigrant to America. Tootsie Rolls were their first merchandise, but over time they developed many others (by way of example, the Tootsie Pop, a lollipop). In addition they got many other confectionery brands, including Junior Mints and Dubble Bubble.
Why were they called Tootsie Rolls? In the late 1800s, the word “tootsie” was slang for “sweetheart.” or “girl” The official story is that Leo Hirshfield named Tootsie Rolls after his daughter Clara, who went by the nickname “Tootsie.”
Luisa Tetrazzini was an internationally-renowned Italian soprano in the early 20th century, known for her high notes that are powerful and her command of runs, trills, and staccati. At one point, a contract dispute caused functionality hangups in New York, so she declared: “I ‘ll sing in San Francisco if I need to sing there in the roads, for I understand the roads of San Francisco are free.” It was adored by the newspapers, and on Christmas Eve 1910, she appeared on a stage at the corner of San Francisco’s Kearney and Marketplace to serenade a bunch of some 250,000 individuals.
It was not unusual for chefs to name new dishes after famous people, and one chef decided to name his after Tetrazzini. The recipe varies but generally contains almonds, fowl or seafood, mushrooms, and a white cheese sauce. Vegetables in many cases are added, and it’s usually served atop pasta. But who was the chef? Was it Mr. Pavani, the chef at the Knickerbocker Hotel in New York City? Was it celebrated French chef George Auguste Escoffier? Was it Ernest Arbogast, the chef at the Palace in San Francisco? Nobody understands.
John McIntosh was a farmer in what’s now South Dundas, about 100 kilometers (60 mi) south of Ottawa, Canada. Sometime while clearing property he or his son Allan found several apple seedlings after 1811. Those seedlings were transplanted, and one in particular created fruit of astounding quality. The skin was green and reddish, the fruit was sour, and it was appropriate for cooking and eating.
Allan learned grafting around 1835 and used it to clone the tree that was valuable. His brother Sandy and he encouraged the resultant fruit as the “McIntosh Red.” Nevertheless, the McIntosh’s popularity did’t take off until the 20th century. One reason was that McIntosh apple trees are exceptionally susceptible to a disorder called apple scab. Apple scab became less of an issue after powerful fungicides were devised. The McIntosh apple continues to be popular, but has been eclipsed by Fuji, Gala, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, and the Red Delicious.
1Ruth Cleveland Or Babe Ruth
The Baby Ruth is an American candy bar made with caramel, peanuts, and nougat. It’s nearly what you’d get if you took an Oh Henry! bar and turned the fudge into nougat.
Many folks assumed its name was a reference to Babe Ruth, the star baseball player when the Curtiss Candy Company introduced the Baby Ruth bar in 1921. Curtiss asserted that their candy bar was named after Ruth Cleveland, the daughter of President Grover Cleveland. Uh huh.
Ruth Cleveland had expired at age 12 in 1904. By 1921, she’d been dead for 17 years. Her dad was old news. Babe Ruth, on the other hand, was a household name in 1921 for his dangerous lifestyle off the field, but also for his baseball abilities. Curtiss stood by their Ruth Cleveland narrative when individuals noticed these facts. They never had to pay royalties to Babe Ruth.
The official report today what’s? The Baby Ruth brand is now owned by Nestle. When your poor researcher went to their Baby Ruth page, he discovered no explanation of the name whatsoever (unlike their page about Oh Henry!).