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More Mental Floss Food Trivia!

**Philadelphia Cream Cheese was first manufactured in New York City, not the City of Brotherly Love.

**SAFFRON: In 1730, saffron was as valuable as gold; the two had the same list price on the Philadelphia commodities exchange.

**SESAME SEEDS: To make their hamburger buns, McDonald's buys about one-third of all the sesame seeds imported to the United States from Mexico.

**MUSTARD: In the early 1300s, Pope John XXII was such a fan of mustard that he hired a mustard-maker to be at his beck and call. But there was some nepotism involved; the Grand Moutardier de Pape was also his nephew.

**ALLSPICE: Allspice is a tree, not a combination of spices. It got its name because the dried berries of the allspice tree taste like a combination of cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg.