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9 Foods That Originally Look Very Different – Fact Point

9 Foods That Originally Look Very Different – Fact Point

A lot of foods which we eat today didn’t even
looked like these in their original form. While the very mention of Genetically Modified
Food enrages a lot people, a lot of us don’t realize how much selective breeding has helped
in evolving the foods we consume today from their original unrecognizable form. Here are 9 Food Items That Were Changed Beyond
their Recognition! #9. Eggplants. You can recognize the shiny beautiful purple
looking eggplant from right across the street. But they never looked like these originally. Their domestication process began in India
and the neighboring Burma, and today it is found all over Asia and rest of the world. They were initially used for medicinal purpose
and were bitter in taste. After centuries of domestication eggplant
began changing in their size, weight, and even flavor. The entire process of converting a white bitter
plant into beautiful vegetable is carefully documented in the Chinese literature. #8. Bananas. The science classes at school taught us how
seeds are a means of dispersal and reproduction in fruits. During the same day while eating Banana from
the lunchbox, very few of us have wondered why is Banana seedless, what benefit does
the plant get if it doesn’t even have seed to facilitate dispersal. The truth is something different. Bananas, like a lot of foods we eat today,
have undergone domestication. The original wild variety of the fruit was
full of seeds and inedible. To make it evolve into the tasty fruit we
know today, farmers began trasplanting the edible offshoots of the plant which didn’t
have many seeds. And slowly the wild fruit full of seeds began
developing into a pulpy fruit and later into the current day banana. #7. Carrots. The orange fruit mothers love and children
hate. Carrots originally didn’t even have the characteristic
orange color we know them for. Their cultivation began more than a thousand
years ago in modern day Afghanistan. Carrots back then were either white or purple. After domesticated for few years the white
carrots turn into yellow. It took our carrots another 600 years to transform
themselves from their yellow self to the orange one which we know them for today. If you don’t believe us, just look at the
color of carrot drawn in the paintings before 16th century – they were usually painted yellow
or purple. #6. Tomatoes. While we still may have confusion over whether
tomato is a fruit or a vegetable – one thing is for sure, it never looked like this. In fact, for a long time they were considered
poisonous. Solanum pimpinellifolium, or simply “pimp”
is the wild specie modern day tomatoes have been derived from. While the pimp and the modern tomatoes may
look dissimilar, at genetic levels this dissimilarity is only within the range of 5%. For a long time many people in the US thought
that tomatoes were poisonous and to prove them wrong, Robert Johnson held a trial. He stood in front of a crowd in front of the
courthouse and consumed numerous tomatoes. After a few hours of consuming the juicy fruit,
Johnson didn’t die, so the trial was dismissed, proving that tomatoes are safe to consume. #5. Corn. Corn is something without which we can not
imagine our world. It has become the modern day staple crop. And for the right reasons. Early humans began cultivating corn as early
as ten thousand years ago in areas surrounding the current day Mexico. Initially the ears of corn were so tiny that
Mr. Trump could not have resisted a hard laughter, but thanks to artificial selection over span
of few years our ancestors were successfully able to grow it into the modern form. Corn’s ancestor is a wild variety of grass
called teosinte. It underwent small genetic changes over time
that eventually resulted in the appearance of maize. #4. Avocados. Whether or not you like them, for a long time
Avocados were tasty snacks for prehistoric giant mammals that thrived on our planet. We should be thankful to these prehistoric
creatures who single handedly propogated the specie all over the planet. But the ancient avocado looked very different
than its present form. It had a greater pit than the modern avocado
and very little flesh to satiate your urges. It was only after humans began cultivating
them, they became bigger and more fleshy. #3. Watermelons. As popular and well-liked watermelons are
today, there is no one theory concerning where exactly the watermelon originated. Historians only agree that it first grew somewhere
in Africa, spread to the Mediterranean, and later popped up in Europe. A lot of historians believe that the watermelon’s
earliest ancestor was first cultivated in Egypt some 4,000 years ago. This ancient fruit was hard, bitter, and pale
green in color—a far cry from today’s sweet and fleshy variety. So why would the ancient Egyptians want to
spend time and energy growing something like that? It is believed that they were cultivated simply
for their water. During the dry season, watermelons stored
well and the Egyptians could pound them to a pulp and extract their water content. It is also believed that the Egyptians were
the ones who began the selective breeding process that ultimately led to watermelon
as we know it. #2. Peaches. For a long time we didn’t know where Peaches
came from. The story of domestication of different plants
has been documented in botanical literature all around the world, but even that wasn’t
sufficient to trace out their origin. Some people thought they were originally cultivated
in China, but these were educated guesses. So where did peaches come from ? It was after
analyzing the size of peach pits found preserved in archaeological sites across Yangtze Valley,
archaeologists were able to pinpoint when peaches became most like their modern counterparts,
and it was around 7,500 years ago. #1. Pumpkins. The number one on our list are pumpkins. There is something special about them. Pumpkins and squash are believed to have originated
in the early Americas. If it wasn’t for human cultivation, they would
have vanished long ago. Only prehistoric mammals could eat them and
help in their dispersal. The earliest pumpkins were the size of a softball,
tasted bitter, and were toxic when raw. Not until we began their domestication. And thus began their interesting journey to
their modern form.

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