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Nov 6, 2013 04:36
Like all English speakers I know are butter lovers, in this entry I’ll write about the origin of its substitute, margarine :)
A French chemist called Hippolyte Mège-Mouriès won a public tender in 1869, which was convened by the then president of the French Second Republic, Napoleon III.
This contest was created to get some kind of artificial butter more durable (or longer-lasting?) and cheaper than the original butter made with milk and animal fats.
The Mège-mouriès’s invention consisted of a mix made from vegetable fat instead of milk fat. The pearly color of the product caused that it was baptized as "Margarine", which comes from the Greek word “Margaron” that means “Pearl”.
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