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27 Foods and the Plants They Come From

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Sure, it’s wonderful that most of us don’t have to grow every single thing we eat, but there’s also a catch: Sometimes, we don’t even have a sense of how certain foods grow! For instance, do pineapples grow on trees? Are there any fruits that grow underground? How do we get common spices like cinnamon, cloves, turmeric, and even pepper? Check out our list of amazing foods that grow in weird ways and get a new appreciation for the wonders at your local grocery store!

Common Food That Grows on Trees That Seems Like it Shouldn’t

What food grows on trees that doesn’t seem like it would? Here are a few unusual examples:

  • Avocado grows on trees and is actually a berry.
  • Cloves, which are made from flower buds, come from a tree.
  • Chocolate, or more specifically the cacao fruit, grows on a tree.
  • Coffee comes from coffee berries that grow on trees.
  • Cinnamon is from the interior bark of some odd-looking trees.
  • Many types of nuts come from trees, like almonds, the weird-looking cashew plant fruit, pistachios, and pine nuts that come from pine cones.

Weird Fruit That Doesn’t Grow on Trees That Seems Like it Should

Here are some odd secrets of these weird fruits and vegetables:

  • What food grows underground? One example is peanuts, which are not a nut at all but a legume that burrows into the dirt.
  • How do pineapples grow? Not on pine trees, that’s for sure! Pineapples are a multiple fruit that sprouts from the top of this herbaceous perennial.
  • They might be berries, but they don’t come from a tree: Cranberries come from shrubs and are frequently submerged under water.
  • Vanilla is commonly used colloquially to describe something that’s bland or typical, but there’s nothing “vanilla” about this beautiful orchid.

Check out these culinary oddities and learn more about where your food comes from!

This informational resource was compiled by Alan’s Factory Outlet, America’s top seller of customizable carports and steel buildings.

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“Twin Cashews” by Abhishek Jacob (Flickr)

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