Making bacon by preserving and salting pork bellies began with the Chinese around 1500BC. The earliest account of bacon and eggs for breakfast dates back to 1560.
The earliest known use of the phrase 'streaky bacon' was in Dickens' Oliver Twist in 1838, though Shakespeare had mentioned bacon in both Henry IV Part 1 and The Merry Wives Of Windsor.
The earliest reference to a 'bacon sandwich' listed in the Oxford English Dictionary was by George Orwell in 1931 while the first mention of a 'bacon sarnie' was in the Daily Express on August 21, 1986.
Almost a third of all pork consumption in the UK is accounted for by bacon. Around £2 billion is spent on bacon in the UK every year.
The US candy company Archie McPhee has a range of bacon products including bacon soap, bacon bandages, bacon flavoured toothpicks, bacon air freshener and bacon dental floss.