The saucy side of food

The amorous have put their faith in aphrodisiacs since Roman times

How humans became slaves to wheat

The story of one of the oldest crops in the world

Give British veal a bash!

How to eat veal with a clear conscience

Umami: the official name for utter scrumptiousness

The ‘fifth taste’ was not scientifically identified until 1908

Where tomatoes really come from

The origins of the tomato are not as Mediterranean as you might think

The sweetest craving of all

Through the ages, sugar has inched its way to global dominance

The cultivated grain

From Asian goddesses to boarding school puddings, rice has a remarkable history behind it

How quiche got its own hashtag

The much-derided dish has enjoyed an unlikely renaissance in recent times

Pomegranate: the fruit that myths are made of

The pomegranate features prominently in folklore from all over the world

The fruit with a colourful past

Why oranges are one of the most exquisite fruits of all

The hallucinatory history of nutmeg

Nutmeg has been used as a spice, and occasionally an intoxicant, for centuries

Milk: a drink for the ages

We still can’t get enough of the stuff, but dairy farmers need our help to survive

The fruit of many talents

Lemons are magnificent, whether you use them for salad dressing or stain removal

Can corn flakes kill the sex drive?

Imagine if there was a cereal that could stop you masturbating

Jam: a beautifully preserved history

Joan of Arc, Nostradamus and Louis XIV were all partial to jam

We’ll never stop screaming for ice cream

From frozen flowers to breast milk, ice cream has a rich and surprising history

Honey: the nectar of gods and posh hippies

Honey has been prized throughout history and its sweet appeal shows no sign of abating

How gruel became cool

Nowadays it’s health-crazed hipsters rather than penniless orphans who are asking for more

From fishers of men to Filet-O-Fish

The Christian story behind the famous fish burger.

The enigma of the egg

They are a great mystery and a great leveller; a simple thing that can be eaten a hundred ways.

The undertaker who gave us all a morbid fear of eating fat

Fleshy hips and heaving bosoms used to be revered. So where did it all go wrong?

Let us eat cake – but only occasionally

Cake has lost its charm – and The Great British Bake Off is partly to blame.

Why berries are the fruit of female solidarity

Berries helped create a society among women of mutual help and consideration.

Are apples evil?

Apples have often been involved in man’s fall from grace.