Very much like the urban legend of the ham*, it’s a great example of how people can carry on doing the same thing and pass that on to others without really understanding things.
You pull the stalk and peel it, right?
Wrong – you pinch the other end and then peel. It’s much easier, no mess, and it’s the way that animals in the wild do it.
*The legend of the ham is found online in various versions. Basically a daughter asks her mother one day why she always cuts the ends off the ham before cooking it. She doesn’t know, it is something her mother did – so they ask her. The grandmother doesn’t know either, it was also something that she saw her own mother do and copied it. They then ask the great-grandmother why she did it.
Her answer… because her only pot back then was too small to fit the whole ham in without cutting the ends off!!
If you look around you will see many people doing things because that’s the way they have always been done – without fully understanding why they were done that way.
It’s important to sometimes take a step back and see if there is a better way to do something, rather than just copying what has been done before.