Anime Food Fact or Fiction: Tempura + Snow Cone = Food Poisoning?

Anime Fact or Fiction - Food Poisoning - K-on 13 - 06 copyIt’s time for round 2 of Anime Food Fact or Fiction!

Last time we dealt with the mysterious “poisonous potato”, and today, in honor of the increasing temperatures of the approaching summer in the northern hemisphere, we’ll be looking at something that frequently pops up in anime: food poisoning….

Let’s set the scene: In episode 13 of K-On (season 2), Azusa dreams of visiting the Hirasawa household with an ice cold watermelon as a house gift. Ui serves it up for her sister Yui, who is too busy studying and playing her guitar to come down and greet Azusa. After Ui brings the watermelon up to her sister, Azusa asks her what they had for lunch, to which Ui responds that they ate tempura! With a look of horrified realization on their faces, they race to the stairs to warn Yui not to eat the watermelon, lest she get food poisoning! Continue reading

Anime Food Fact or Fiction: The Poisonous Potato

Potatoes Maoyuu Maou Yuusha 03It seems like every time the potato is mentioned in anime, some character has to make a comment about it being potentially poisonous if it is sprouting or if the skin is green in color.

Now, I’ve eaten my fair share of potatoes, but I had never heard of this warning until I started watching anime. Most recently, I heard the “potatoes are poisonous” spiel while watching episode 3 of Maoyuu Maou Yuusha. In this episode, Maou requests for help from the church to spread education about agriculture – in particular potato farming.

Since potatoes are unknown in the world of Maoyuu Maou Yuusha, Maou explains that potatoes are a wonderful crop that can grow very quickly, are protected from birds since they grow underground, and are nutritious as well as cheap to produce. Of course, she adds, this miracle plant is not without its drawbacks: specifically, potatoes are poisonous (if stored incorrectly)!

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