Before you eat that wonderful fruit you so enjoy, spare a thought for just how it grows.

1. Cacao -  which of course is daddy to that yummy chocolate we can't ever ever have too much of -

        cacao 23

  It grows in tropical regions of South America, and looks like this on the tree. Actually was a well known beverage amongst the Inca people. Christopher Columbus brought some cacao powder back from a voyage, but it was overlooked at first. 

        cacao 1

 

2. Almonds

  a almond

I might eat them by the handful, but they grow 1 by 1 on their tree -

 a almond 2

 

and we all love almond blossom.

 

3. Artichoke

  a artichokes

Looks like a thistle !! We actually eat the stiff petals of a beautiful flower.

 

4. Kiwi fruit.

a kiwi a kiwi 23

Grows on a woody vine similarly to grapes. Called the "chinese gooseberry" it is now considered a super -food.

 

5. Capers

 a caapers a capers 23

Both the flower buds, and the fruits (caper berries)of the caper vine, are edible, and are usually eaten pickled.

 

6. Avocado

a avocado

The word avocado come from the Aztec word ahuácatl”.

It is thought the reference is either due to the shape of the avocado, or the fact it was considered to possess aphrodisiac qualities by the Aztecs. Over time this has become avogato- Spanish, and avocado in English. Whichever, they taste just fine, and are surely a true super -food.

7. Mango

a mango

Now the mango I would wish was a super food - my excuse for pigging out in mango season. Alas, some people, such as my acupuncturist, consider they are too rich to digest properly !!

 

8. Peanuts

a peanutshow fruits and vegetables grow 3 1 peanuts  a peanuts 2

Peanuts grow under the ground as a cluster on the roots of a small bushy plant. Also called ground nuts.

 

9. Cashew nuts

Whereas cashews grow like this on a tall tree in the tropics -

a cashew  

Firstly, they are considered a fruit, not a nut (no hard shell). The pendulous thing at the top is called a cashew fruit, and the nuts are harvested by hand, peeled and roasted. 

  a cashew 2

 

10. Persimmon

a persimmon

To the Ancient Greeks, the persimmon was known as "the divine fruit"

 

11. Brussels Sprouts.

a brussels sprouts

(Notice the snow !!) Packed full of nutritious stuff, this vegie was known to have been cultivated by the Romans in Italy. I guess also in Belgium ??

 

12. Pineapples

a pineapple

Grows on a spiky bromeliad in plantations.

    a pineapple 2

  Native to Brazil, Christopher Columbus brought pineapples back from the "New World", and it was used symbolically by Napolean as a symbol of extravagance. In Charleston, South Carolina, it is used as a symbol of hospitality, and you can find it on gates, bed posts, napkins, tablecloths and door knockers. When the pineapple was taken down from the mantelpiece, was time to go home !!

 

 

13. Tea

a tea

Written records of tea brewed from the leaves of Camellia sinensis, date way way back to the Shang Dynasty in China, 3rd Century AD. It is likely, however, that tea drinking would date from long before that - before written records.

 

14. Pistachio

a pistachio

These nuts grow on a small tree, originally from central Asia. They are related to the cashew family.

 

15. Coffee

a coffee 2 a coffee

Where would we be without the coffee bean ? Originally from Ethiopia, with records back to the 10th Century.

 

16. Pomegranate

a pomegranite 2

This one originated in Iran, and has been cultivated since ancient times.

   a pomegranite

 

 

17. Star Fruit

a starfruit

Once only seen in Asian markets, the star fruit is being used more and more extensively.

 

18. Sesame Seeds

a sesame seeds

Originally from India, sesame seeds are now harvested mechanically without the use of chemicals.

   a sesame seeds 2

 

 

 

19. Black Pepper 

 black pepper

Originally from India, was known as "black gold" by the traders in ancient times.

 

20. Vanilla

a vanilla 2

Such an interesting one. The beautiful orchid flower has to be fertilised by hand when it is grown commercially. The flower opens early in the morning, then closes that night - so pollination during the day is crucial From this the bean is harvested, and dried. Again, back to Aztec times - "vaina" was used for flavouring.

  a vanilla

Is now being grown in North Queensland, near Tully, very succesfully.

 

21. Saffron

a saffron

Originally cultivated in Greece, this spice is from the stamen of the Crocus flower.

 a saffron 2

 

22. and finally Cinnamon 

which we all know comes from the bark of the cinnamon tree.

a cinnamon

 

 

 

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