10 Little Known Facts about Tiramisu

Did you know that Tiramisu was used as a aphrodisiac?

Tiramisu is a quintessential Italian dessert.  Its origins are unclear as some argue it was created in the Veneto region while others say it came from Siena or Treviso. Regardless, this coffee-flavored treat is a favorite among many Italians. Here are some facts you may not know about this popular concoction.

  1. The Italian-language dictionary traces the first printed mention of tiramisu to 1980.
  2. There is evidence of a tiremesù, a semi-frozen dessert, served in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, since 1938. This may be the name’s origin. 
  3. The recipe for tiramisu may have originated as a variation of another layered dessert, Zuppa Inglese (English Soup)
  4. Tiramisu first became popular in America in San Francisco during the 1990s. From there, its popularity began to spread across the country. 
  5. The biggest tiramisu was 6,646 lbs, or 3,015 kg, and was prepared in Gemona del Friuli, Italy, on May 25, 2015.
  6. Some say the dessert was used as an aphrodisiac in brothels. 
  7. In 2013, The Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano in 2013 requested tiramisu for his birthday while in orbit with Russian spacecraft Soyuz TMA09M. Turin chef, Davide Scabin, created a dehydrated tiramisu just for him. 
  8. In China, tiramisu is the most clicked Italian word on the internet. 
  9. Recently, March 21 was declared Tiramisu Day.
  10. Tiramisu literally translates to ‘pick me up’ or ‘lift me up’. Probably in reference to the espresso used in the recipe. 



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