Did you know?
It took Napoleon and a war to discover canning
Canning started in the 18th century when Napoleon offered a prize to anyone who discovered a better means of preserving food for his troops. Nicolas Appert, a Parisian candy maker, noted that storing wine in airtight bottles kept it from spoiling, He filled bottles with food, corked them, and boiled them - and won the prize in1809.
The tin man who kept an army on the move
The durable tin can was developed shortly afterwards by Englishman Peter Durand. These "tinned" foods were used to feed the British army and navy.
Cans of food from a 100 year old shipwreck good enough to eat
In 1865 a steamboat destined for the gold mining camps sank in the Missouri River. It was discovered a century later. Canned fruit and vegetables were found and chemists analyzed the products. Although the food had lost its fresh smell and appearance, the foods were as safe to eat as they had been when canned
The first men to summit Everest ate canned food
Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tensing used canned food when they became the first men to successfully climb Mount Everest in 1953
The world’s most remote inhabited island gets canned food once a year
Tristan da Cunha in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean is 2112km from it nearest inhabited neighbour. It gets mail and supplies, including canned foods, brought to it only once a year
Who was also floating around a tin can far above the world?
Canning is real space age food. Food containers for the Skylab astronauts consisted of aluminum cans with full panel pull-out lids.
Chilean miners preferred tinned peaches, anytime
33 Chilean miners were trapped 2200 feet underground when the mine caved in. The shift foreman Luis Urzúa, in the immediate aftermath of the collapse, strictly rationed supplies (two spoons of tuna, a mouthful of milk, a biscuit, and a canned peach every 48 hours) and stretched two days of food into two weeks till help arrived. Their first request for food included a special mention for tinned peaches. They were finally rescued after two months.
Canned food is the most proven and time tested way to preserve the goodness of food. Each can is a time capsule because the moment the fruit is picked and packed the nutritional value is sealed in, without need for preservatives or refrigeration. What makes canned fruit even more special is that the eco-friendly steel packaging is 100% recyclable.
You can enjoy your favorite fruits all year round:
Picked, and packed at the peak of ripeness - with all the goodness preserved - the fruit is quickly cooked in the can, sterilized and sealed in a double layer of steel and a special inner coating. And no refrigeration is needed.
You can grow with all the essential nutrients:
Five portions of fruit and vegetables every day is the simplest way for your body to get the nutrients it needs.
Tip: a portion is 80g of fruit or vegetables.