Approximately ten billion bowls of soup are consumed by Americans every year. Soup has been popular from its beginning in Greece in 600 B.C. when it was considered the first fast food. The Greeks sold soup as "fast food" on the street using lentils, beans and peas as the chief ingredients.
There are several theories as to the origins of the word soup. Some people believe that the word "soup" stems from the word "sop". People would pour broth over a slice of bread which would "sop" up the broth. The word soup possibly developed from this. Others believe the word soup stems from the slurping sound while sipping the liquid from the spoon. Another possibility could be the word "sup" which means to eat the evening meal; this even may be where our word "supper" comes from.
Here are some fun soup facts that history tells us:
Soup can be dated back to about 6000 B.C. and was first made of hippopotamus.
Boiling was not a common cooking technique until the invention of waterproof containers (which probably came in the form of pouches made of clay or animal skin) about 9,000 years ago)
Coming in from out of the cold to a tantalizing, hot bowl of your favorite soup is a great way to warm up. It's one of America's comfort foods through the long, cold days of winter which makes January one of the best months to be National Soup Month. But soup shouldn't just be eaten for one month; there are so many benefits for eating soup all year long.