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Sunday, 6 April 2014


Around 1700 BC chopsticks made of ivory, bone or wood, were being prepared in China. With tables virtually unknown one hand had to be free to hold the bowl and they proved to be a practical solution. The replacement of chopsticks over knives for eating at the at the table indicated the increased respect for the scholar over the warrior in Chinese society.

Mongols at the time of Genghis Khan usually wore a pocket-less garment called a del, to which they attached eating sets containing chopsticks and a knife to a sash. A silver loop fastened to the end of a chord locked the knife and chopsticks in place so they do not fall out if the owner is active or on horseback.

Thirty per cent of the world’s population generally eat their food with chopsticks.

Chinese diners go through 80 billion pairs of disposable wooden chopsticks every year. That is enough to cover the whole of Tiananmen square 360 times over.

20 million 20-year-old trees are cut down in China every year to make chopsticks.

China produces 80 billion pairs of disposable chopsticks a year to feed its entire population. The Government has even imposed a 5% disposable chopstick tax to reduce usage.

In Vietnam, tapping your chopsticks on your bowl is frowned upon because the noise is believed to attract hungry ghosts.

Consecotaleophobia is the fear of chopsticks.

Source Food For Thought by Ed Pearce

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