Over the years, certain foods have become so engrained in our daily diets that we rarely stop to question where they come from. While the average person might be aware that American cuisine is an amalgamation of influences from around the world, dishes like nachos and Chinese takeout are so ubiquitous in the U.S. in 2016 that they practically feel like natural resources, delicious blessings that fell from the sky into our laps.

Luckily, CNN's Great Big Story has dug into some of our most popular foods and discovered their unique, perplexing, and often surprising origin stories. From lobster's history in the prison system, to ketchup's fishy ancestry in 6th century China, the video above explains how we came to eat some of our most beloved foods and ingredients.