Food Symbols and Symbolism
This page lists all the various symbols in the Food Symbols and Symbolism category.
Symbols in this category:
First cultivated in Southeast Asia and New Guinea, the banana is now an important crop in many parts of the world. Although the symbolic meaning of the banana varies quite sharply from area to area, each individual connotation reveals important insights into cultures familiar with the fruit.
The British Egg Industry Council is an organisation set up in 1986 to represent the British egg industry. It currently has 11 member organisations including the British Egg Products Association, the National Farmers Union and the British Free Range Egg Producers' Association. The BEIC operates the British Egg Information Service, which promotes the consumption of eggs to the public.
The cultivation of dates began over 5000 years ago and the fruit is still an important foodstuff in many parts of the world today. In terms of symbolism, the date has much in common with the fig, and aside from the fruit itself, the trees from which dates grow (a species of palm tree) also hold symbolic importance in their own right.
Since it possesses a rather pungent aroma that can linger around long after its preparation, garlic is not a popular vegetable with many people. This smell, however, is one of the primary reasons behind garlic’s symbolic meaning, and the importance of the vegetable is such that it has been held in high esteem for many centuries.
The Kitemark was originally conceived in 1903 as a symbol to identify products manufactured to meet British Standards' specifications. ‘Kitemark’ came from the kite shape of the graphic device which was drawn up – an uppercase B (for British) on its back, over an S (for standard), enclosed by two lines.
Juicy, sweet and a perfect messy handful, mangoes have been cultivated by humans for thousands of years. They have been a culinary staple in everything from spicy condiments to sweet pastries to alcoholic beverages, and their importance doesn’t stop there; the mango is a highly symbolic fruit, particularly in India, where it plays a role in numerous religious and cultural traditions.
Olives are one of the most ubiquitous crops of the Mediterranean region, having been cultivated there for at least five thousand years. Not only were they a major staple of local diets, but also highly symbolic to the peoples and cultures living in the area. This article will address not just the fruit itself, but the oil produced from it and the tree from which it grows, since the symbolism of all three are interconnected.
When it comes to the culinary field, onions have a very mixed reputation; on the one hand they have served as an important foodstuff for thousands of years, and their natural pungency adds distinctive flavor to many dishes. On the other hand, onions are notoriously annoying to deal with since, when cut, they release gases that cause severe eye irritation and tearing, and this is sometimes enough to turn people away from them altogether. On the symbolic front, however, these same annoyances are part the reason why onions have been so valued by cultures throughout history.
This brightly colored citrus fruit was first cultivated in eastern Asia, but since has spread to many other parts of the world. While both the fruit itself and the peel are used in a variety of culinary traditions, oranges are also imbued with several different symbolic meanings.
The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (UOJCA), more popularly known as the Orthodox Union (OU), is one of the oldest Orthodox Jewish organizations in the United States. It is best known for its kosher food preparation supervision service. Its circled-U symbol, Ⓤ, a hechsher, is found on the labels of many commercial and consumer food products.