As we gather around the flat screen this weekend to watch the two best teams in the National Football League have at it on the gridiron let’s not forget how much agriculture plays a role in the Super Bowl.
First: we have the pigskin, which isn’t a pork product after all, but handmade from cowhide sourced from Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa. You’re welcome to google pigskin and football to see what’s there about the moniker.
While we’re on the subject of pork – more like porking out – let’s look at what Forbes.com reports on how much we’re going to consume on this unofficial American holiday.
It is said we will consume 10 million pounds of pork ribs, 12.5 million pounds of bacon and copious amounts of pulled pork during the day, which could make Super Bowl Sunday a larger food event than Thanksgiving.
We’ll eat a lot more than that, according to those who watch and predict our annual binge.
During the day we will put away three million pounds of nuts, 11.2 million pounds of potato chips, 3.8 million pounds of popcorn, 8.2 million pounds of tortilla chips and 11.2 million pounds of potato chips.
Guacamole will be a popular chip dip during the day-long feast. The California Avocado Commission expects 139.4 million pounds of what is technically a fruit to be consumed.
Chicken wings will apparently also be popular as a billion of the meaty morsels will be eaten during the day.
Let’s not forget all those pizzas. Super Bowl Sunday is to the pizza industry what Black Friday is to box stores. Domino’s is expected to sell 12 million slices of pizza and another four million chicken wings on Super Bowl Sunday.
My personal low-carb list for the day will include deviled eggs, ham and various flavors of cheese.
While not an exhaustive list of what we’ll eat and drink – Nielsen says most Americans (53 percent) will drink beer while 27 percent of us consume wine – this is just a smattering of what we’ll chow down on and imbibe during the day long party.
So whether it’s the wheat and hops in your beer, the grapes that made your wine or the various other commodities mentioned above, Sunday’s event and all those pigs, chickens, steers, avocados, potatoes and various other goodies we’ll chow down upon this weekend are be brought to you not by the NFL, but by the American farmer.
Enjoy the game.