Things you Didn’t Know about Chopsticks

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If you ever find yourself at Japanese restaurants in Phoenix fumbling to figure out how to maneuver chopsticks, impress (or distract) your fellow diners with your vast knowledge about the slim utensil, instead.

Things You Didn’t Know About Asian Chopsticks:

As early as the 7th Century, the Japanese used disposable chopsticks. That’s right, disposable wear is not so new.
Before being used as utensils, chopsticks were used for cooking activities such as stirring or reaching for food in boiling pots.

Children’s training chopsticks have been around for decades in Japan, but they can be used to train a dinner of any age. Training chopsticks use rings on the upper stick to help children learn where to place their fingers and to maneuver the sticks accordingly.

Chopsticks are commonly gifted as wedding presents as their set of two symbolizes necessary pairing.
Each day, more than 1.5 billion people use chopsticks as their utensils of choice
English seamen brought the name chopsticks to North America. The name chopstick is derived from a Chinese word that means “chop chop,” or “quickly.”

Historians believe that the first chopsticks were made from twigs.

In Japan, chopsticks are about 8 inches (20 centimeters) while in China, they are about 10 inches (25 centimeters).
Silver chopsticks were once used by Chinese rulers to determine whether arsenic was traceable in food. The silver metal became discolored upon contact.

Skill-based pastimes such as fortune telling and martial arts both use chopsticks in their activities.

The earliest versions of chopsticks were invented in China.

We have been using chopsticks for over 7,000 years! Chopsticks were first used as utensils during the Han Dynasty. However, they were used for purposes other than utensils long before then.

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