You can sit there and hope that the juice trend will eventually plateau, and quickly fade, because seeing people toting murky drinks that look like they’re filled with cat puke is quite an eyesore. Despite your aversion to—or love for—juicing, you should probably gain some #juiceknowledge before diving head first into your debaucherous weekend.

The Atlantic sheds light on a man named Norman W. Walker, who invented the mechanical juicer in 1936 and thus brought juicing to the next level.

Walker did not invent juicing, per se. The Dead Sea Scrolls, a set of manuscripts from 150 BC to 70 AD, describe “a pounded mash of pomegranate and fig,” and in the 1920s, Doktor Max Gerson from Germany developed a diet consisting of raw juices and vegetarian foods.

Walker’s juice revelation happened while he was in France, where he had gone to convalesce after a breakdown. There, he watched one of his hosts peel carrots, and he noticed how wet the insides of the peels were. So he borrowed a feed grinder and ran some carrots through it.

However, he did not like the manual juicers that were sold at that time. In one of his books, he writes,

[pullquote]”No practical hand juicer has been found by us that can possibly extract all of the vital elements from the vegetables, as they only partly crush the fibers but do not triturate them [grind them finely], and trituration is the fundamenal [sic] principle, discovered by the Norwalk Laboratory of Nutritional Chemistry and Scientific Research, in the liberation and reclamation of these vital elements.”[/pullquote]

This prompted him to create a mechanical juicer, which officially came to fruition in 1936. The modern-day descendant of Walker’s juicer is the Norwalk 280. Still considered the state of the art in its category, it comes with a $2,495 price tag. Ouch.


Walker died in 1985—he was either 99…104…or 118 years old. His actual age remains a mystery, but we can safely state that he lived a long life; he credited his longevity to his diet of raw foods, particularly in liquid form.

[Via The Atlantic]