9 Fruits And Veggies That Have Been Completely Transformed Over The Past Centuries
We treat products like the most mundane things because they are. But we never even stop and think about what they looked like they looked before.
We treat products like the most mundane things because they are. But we never even stop and think about what they looked like they looked before. Just a few hundred years ago, many fruits and vegetables looked completely different from their modern image. Some of them were barely edible, while others needed a visual transformation in order to be sold in stores. Because of the desire to change nature and adapt it to our personal needs, humankind has altered certain types of green produce beyond recognition.
Here are 9 fruits and veggies that have been completely transformed over the past centuries.
Wild cucumbers are not at all like their farm-grown counterparts. If you look at a wild one, you could mistake it for a cactus with all those spikes. Wild cucumbers are completely inedible as they are highly toxic. They used to be grown only in India, specifically for medical purposes. Through many years of experimentation, cucumbers have acquired a modern elongated shape full of delicious cucumber juice.
The wild version of this tasty treat has hard, large seeds and a tough rind. It is nearly impossible to eat the wild bananas raw, so people boiled them. It is believed that the transformation of bananas began 10,000 years ago. The modern version of the fruit is soft, rich in flavor, and amazingly nutritious. And most importantly, the seeds in it are practically invisible and won’t chip your tooth.
For centuries the best fruits were selected for planting so that the harvest would be juicier, larger, and tastier. The first peaches were discovered as early as 4,000 BC in China. At first, the fruit was very small, no bigger than a cherry, had a huge pit, and, most surprisingly, it was white. It took more than a thousand years to make the fruit 60 times larger, much softer, sweeter, and juicier.