From saffron and peanuts to kiwi and cacao - do you know what some of your favorite foods look like while growing?
Home gardening may be a growing trend, but most people still obtain the majority of their produce from the grocery store or a local vendor at the farmer’s market.
As more and more people are becoming interested in sustainable living, however, interest in plant diversity and permaculture is also peaking. Quiz yourself on how many of the following plants you recognize while on the vine, tree, or bush.
Chickpeas aka Garbanzo Beans
Pineapples Sprout from the top of planted pineapple tops and will regrow again and again!
The incredible Cacao fruit grows on trees and takes approximately five years to produce.
Beloved peanuts (which are also called earthnuts, groundnuts, goober peas, monkey nuts, pygmy nuts, and pig nuts) grow off vines near the ground.
Juicy kiwis grow on vines, too.
Avocados hang off trees
The Starfruit is also referred to as carambola.
Cinnamon is obtained from the inner bark of the cinnamon tree.
Fragrant vanilla, the second most expensive spice after saffron, hangs off of vines as well.
Black Pepper is a flowering vine in the Piperaceae family.
Did you know almonds are technically the seeds of fruit of the almond tree?
Sesame seeds are obtained from drought-tolerant flowering plants that can grow near 3.5 ft in height!
And here are coffee beans (the second-most sought after commodity in the world).
Mangos ripening on the tree.
Cashews growing off the end of the cashew apple.
Saffron (the most expensive spice in the world).
Capers grow in the buds of this plant. They will be dried and then brined, or packed in salt.
The persimmon (which is actually a berry in terms of botanical morphology), beautifully hangs from the tree.
Cruciferous brussel sprouts grow like this. Sometimes stores even sell them still on the stalk.
Artichokes bloom with purple-colored flowers on top.
And pomegranates (one of the world’s oldest known fruits) can be found like this!
Camelia Sinensis is the species of plant whose leaf bud and leafs are used to produce tea. It is also called the tea plant.
Favored pistachios grow on trees. When they ripen, the shell changes from green to red-yellow color, and then splits part way open.
And aromatic cloves are the dried up flower buds of the clove tree.
How many did you recognize? Nature truly offers nourishing fare in beautifully created packages.
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