15 surprising photos that prove you have no idea how natural foods grow

Can you believe that pineapples don’t grow on trees? Have you ever seen a real cashew plant?

As we all enjoy the amazing tastes of nature, most of us have no clue where they come from.

Here are 15 unique photos that will prove you’ve probably never seen how your favorite foods grow. Some of them will absolutely surprise you!

1. Almonds

Almonds grow off of 4-10m(13–33 ft) tall flowering trees. The flowers are white to pale pink. They turn into pods, and inside those pods are the almond seeds.

Image source: The Sacramento Bee

2. Artichokes

Artichokes come in the form of beautiful purple flowers with feathery tops.

Image source: Laura Battiato

3. Brussel Sprouts

Brussel sprouts grow from a leafy green plant. The odd thing about them is that they look like miniature cabbages.

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4. Cacao

The chocolate we all love so much comes from cacao. It is grown on a tree that produces giant pods. Inside these pods is where the cacao beans are.

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5. Capers

They grow as graceful white flowers. The capers we know, are the unopened buds of these flowers.

Image source: Gardening Know How

6. Cashews

Perhaps cashews are the funniest looking nut plant we know. To begin with, they grow on trees. These trees produce cashew apples, and the actual nuts grow out of the cashew apples.

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7. Cinnamon

It turns out that cinnamon is an evergreen tree.

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8. Cranberries

Cranberries are also an evergreen plant. They grow off of dwarf shrubs that bear flowers. The flowers turn into the little sweet pieces of fruit.

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9. Kiwi

Kiwis start out as flowers that hang on a vine. It grows along trellises. The flowers turn into kiwis that hang down until they are ready to be harvested, similar to grapes.

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10. Peanuts

Peanuts are actually cute yellow wildflowers. They grow out of the ground, but when you pull them up, you can see their roots reveal the little bulbous nuts.

Image source: Gardening Know How

11. Pineapples

Whether it’s in fruit salad, fresh smoothie, or a pizza for the more adventurous ones of us, we all love pineapples. They come from weird-looking spikey bushes that grow out of the ground. The fruit grows from the middle of the plant.

Image source: The Tree Center

12. Pistachios

They grow in clusters on trees. The interesting thing about pistachios is that they can survive temperatures between −10 °C (14 °F) in winter and 48 °C (118 °F) in summer. Plus, they can live up to 300 years!

Image source: The Tree Center

13. Saffron

Saffron comes from delicate bright purple flowers. The saffron stems are in the middle of the flowers.

Image source: Munchie Musings

14. Sesame Seeds

Sesame seeds are used in many cuisines around the world. They come from sprouts plants that grow straight up and tall out of the ground. The actual seeds hide inside of little pods known as “buds.”

Image source: Wikipedia

15. Vanilla

Vanilla is a flowering plant with white to yellow flowers. The plant produces long pods that are later treated and dried to be used in various cuisines or in cosmetics and medicine.

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