So I looked at the source, and followed a link to comments about the methodology... and the person who compiled the list (simply) wrote a python script to count (non-trivial) words in the digital text.
Then I looked at the quiz description again, and it says it is the most commonly mentioned ingredients - which doesn't mean that the ingredient is used in the most recipes.
One reason artichokes make the list is because there's a section describing them and how to clean/prepare them, so they are mentioned several times outside of the context of a recipe.
Fun quiz :)
Only reason I got artichoke was because I just tried my mom's breaded fried artichoke hearts recipe for the Super Bowl yesterday.
For bacon I guess that's to replace lard, but custard is pretty odd.
And I love when I get the least guessed answer. I couldn't think of any more ingredients and my child is eating a PBJ..I figured it was worth a shot and tried jelly..shocked it was on there.
I can see there are a few teething troubles but it would be nice if people chose their words a little more carefully and kindly when they are making criticisms.
Re Croatia, check the first post. I'm assuming it was sent by someone who had forgotten they had switched to a different quiz. Otherwise it's going to drive me crazy.
Clearly rice should not be a problem in a French cookbook, personnaly I was more triggered by things like bacon, custard or jelly. Even if I guess bacon is used to replace "lardons" for a US audience.
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