SPAM

MYS­TERY MEAT THAT FED THE WORLD

History Revealed - - TOP TEN… FOODSTUFFS -

This cheap blend of salty lun­cheon meat, in­vented in 1927, helped the US keep troops well-fed in wartime. Known af­fec­tion­ately as “ham that didn’t pass its phys­i­cal”, the canned meat was easy to dis­trib­ute as ra­tions, and soon, nearly 50 mil­lion tonnes of the stuff was shipped to Europe as part of the Lend-Lease agree­ment. Khrushchev him­self even said, “With­out Spam we wouldn’t have been able to feed our armies”.

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