French fries are one of the most recognizable foods on the planet. Whether you fry them, bake them or pack on a heap of toppings, they are a type of food that is universally enjoyed. While we know them as mouthwatering, crispy sticks of golden fried potato, there are many different ways in which French fries are eaten around the world.
Despite its name, French fries did not come from France. The origins of the French fry have been traced back to Belgium, where historians claim potatoes were being fried in the late-1600s. How it became so popular in America dates back to World War I. American soldiers stationed in Belgium were first introduced to French fries at that time. As the official language of the Belgian army was French, soldiers nicknamed the delicious fried potatoes “French fries.” The name stuck, and we’re still giving credit to the wrong country. To this day, their name does not give credit to the country in which they were invented.
Nevertheless, French fries are one of the most popular side dishes (or main dishes for some) in the world. Do people just enjoy ketchup with fries? What are some of the more exotic toppings? From Canada to Japan, read on to find how fries are eaten in different parts of the world. And maybe you’ll find new ways to enjoy them yourself!
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