Unless we are talking about processed, packaged, industrially made food products, food doesn’t come wrapped up in a plastic foil. It takes nature and time to play together to create the food that we eat and relish. Yet, every day, millions of food grains get wasted because we don’t really know how to care for it or how to properly utilize it. Nor do we have any idea about the source of the food. Or, how factories acquire it before we get it in its present form, all wrapped up in plastic.
Here are 12 photos that will show you how food grows:
1. Sesame Seeds
Sesame seeds are acquired from the Sesame plant which belongs to the tropical regions. The largest producers of Sesame are Sudan and India and it is interesting to note that they export it worldwide for baked products. The seeds grow in capsules and resemble peapods.
A derivative of the cashew family, Pistachios grow mostly around the Central and Middle Eastern regions of Asia. The pistachio grows from a flower and is derived from its seeds.
Vanilla is one of those food items that occurs as an orchid. Initially, it was cultivated in Mexico by the Totonacs. Later, when the Totonac people were ruled by the Aztecs they named it ‘the Black Flower’. They called it the Black Flower because it used to turn black soon after its reaping.
Kiwis might not be grapes but they certainly grow as one, in vines. Usually native to most countries, they are specially grown in China, where it is also commonly referred to as the ‘Chinese Gooseberry’,
Peanuts actually come from a flower. They grow underneath these beautiful flowers, at the roots. But, what we do know is that it is also considered as an oil crop because it has a high presence of oil in it. Also, the present production of peanuts crosses 40 million tonnes. This is certainly shocking!
6. Brussels Sprouts
As the name goes, these do originate in Brussels, Belgium. A distinct relative of the cabbage family, this vegetable has edible pods and grows upwards.
They are more familiar to peaches than to nuts as one might think so. Also, they usually grow in the Middle East or in Central America. The food that we eat is the seed that grows inside a hard shell called a ‘drupe’.
This spice grows in the bark of Cinnamomum trees, which mostly grow in Egypt. In fact, these spices find records in old Mesopotamian texts. These are said to have been imported around 2000 BCE.
One of the most expensive of spices, Saffron mostly grows in Spain and India. Also, what makes it expensive is the fact that it is cultivated by human hands.
Cashew nuts don’t just come alone, they come along with cashew apples. And while the cashew apples are usually mixed in the form of liquor, the cashew nuts are eaten as a delicacy and used in other delicacies in almost every country in the world.
There have been several reports on the history behind coffee. Most claim that it originates from Ethiopia, after which it spread to almost all the parts of the globe. The coffee beans come from a Coffee plant’s cherry which they roast for a steaming cup of Joe. It is widely grown in Africa, Latin America, parts of Asia.
Our favourite item in the list grows from Cacao plants. The cacao bean is the dried and fermented cacao seed. It undergoes massive production change to be what we eat, but mostly these pods are where it comes from. They grow in the wet, moist lands around the equator.