A young father once asked his little girl where coffee comes from. His little girl responded, “from the can of course!”
When you stop to think about it, there are a lot of different foods with unique origins that we take for granted almost every day. Whether it be a spice from another region of the world, to the ingredients in your morning cup of coffee. Many of these foods come from regions where child labor, slavery, and unfair work environments tend to get overshadowed by production. Politics aside, this article is to inform the reader about various food plants and their historical/botanical origins.
These 12 photos will prove to all of us that we have no idea where some of our foods come from.
1) Sesame Seeds: Sesame is a flowering plant that is native to tropical regions near the equator. The countries that are the world’s largest producers of sesame seeds are India and Sudan. It’s one of the oldest oilseed crops known in all of humanity! It grows in large capsules, almost like peas, and is harvested for baked goods around the world.
2) Pistachios: Pistachios are members of the cashew family, and originate from growing regions in the world around Central Asia and the Middle East. The pistachio is actually the seed of the tree, which comes from a beautiful flower.
3) Vanilla: One of our favorite flavors actually comes from a flowering orchid plant! This species has been cultivated for centuries, and its origin roughly stems from the early Totonac people in Mexico, who are said to be the first to cultivate the plant. When the Aztecs took over the Totonac culture, they developed a taste for the plant and called it “The black flower” for it turns black shortly after cultivation.
4) Kiwi: Kiwifruit grows on vines, like grapes! The fruit is a commercially grown crop from virtually everywhere in the world, including China, Italy, New Zealand, Chile, Greece, and France. The fruit is native to most of China, and the original name for the popular fruit was the “Chinese Gooseberry.”
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