We rarely stop to look at our food and think about how it got here. We often take certain things for granted. Some of the food we eat actually comes from unfair work environment. However, the point of today’s article is not about that, but the amazing work nature has done to give us these 12 types of food.
1. Sesame seeds
Sesame is a flowering plant that originates from equatorial tropical regions. Sudan and India are the biggest producers of sesame seeds. This oilseed crop is one of the oldest in the world. It grows similarly to peas and is harvested to be a delicious addition in baked goods all around the world.
They belong to the cashew family and they grow in areas in the Middle East and around Central Asia. Pistachios are actually a seed of a tree that grows inside a beautiful flower.
Vanilla originates from flowering orchid plant and it has been cultivated for centuries. However, it is thought to originate from the early Totonac people in Mexico. When the Totonac culture was ruled by the Aztecs, they started to like this plant and they called it ‘The black flower’ because it slowly becomes black after cultivation.
Kiwi grows on vines just like grapes and it is grown in many different parts of the world such as Greece, France, Chile, Italy, New Zealand and China. It is native to China and the original name for kiwis was ‘Chinese Gooseberry”.
A lot of people don’t know that peanuts are the edible seeds of beautiful flowers. Peanuts are classified as an oil crop because they contain high amounts of oil. Back in 2014, 42 million tons of peanuts were grown and distributed, so that tells a lot about its popularity.
6. Brussels sprout
As the name suggests, the plant originates from Brussels and it belongs to the cabbage family. It doesn’t grow close to the ground, actually its pods grow upwards and they sprout edible buds that are not the favorite food for many people.
Almonds grow on trees that are native to parts of North America and the Middle East. The seed grows inside the fruit of the tree and its outer shell is called a drupe, but the almond is the actual seed. Almonds are closer to the peach family rather than the nuts.
Cinnamon originates from the inner bark of a tree called Cinnamomum. It was first recorded as a spice back in 2000 B.C. when it was imported in Egypt. Multiple records suggest that it was widely used by many cultures all around the world.
It’s not a surprise why this spice is so expensive. It is grown and cultivated in areas from West Spain to the east of India. It comes from a flower called “Saffron Crocus” and is manually harvested.
Cashew nuts grow on cashew trees which are evergreen and produce the seeds and apples. We know how the nuts are consumed, and the cashew apple is used to make liquor or sweet fruit drink.
Coffee has been used by mankind since earliest history. Legends tells us that the effects of caffeine in this plant were first recognized by Oromo People in Kaffa, Ethiopia. The coffee beans come from the cherry of Coffee plant which is harvested from the inside and then roasted. Coffee beans are grown in many different parts of the world such as Africa, Latin America and Asia-Pacific regions but only in the areas that are closest to the earth’s equator.
Cocoa beans are dried and fermented seeds that can be turned into cocoa butter and chocolate. The process of growing and manufacturing chocolate is long and complicated, but it definitely originates from these unusual seed pots that grow in hot, equatorial rainy climates.