Even Fruits And Vegetables Looked Differently In The Past (7 pics)

Posted in       22 Oct 2018       4028       GALLERY VIEW

Watermelon

This 17th-century painting by Giovanni Stanchi shows a type of watermelon that no one in the modern world has seen. Thanks to breeding, scientists managed to modify smaller watermelons with a white interior into the larger red versions we know today.

 

Banana

The people of Papua New Guinea and Southeast Asia have enjoyed the taste of bananas since 10,000 years back. However, bananas were domesticated only 7,000 years ago. Still their look and taste were very much different from modern ones. Modern bananas are the hybrid of Musa acuminata and Musa balbisiana but their taste and look have been significantly improved.

 

Eggplant

The first eggplants were grown in China and they looked very different from modern ones. They were thorny, small, and came in different colors from yellow to sky-blue. It has taken a lot of time and efforts to make modern eggplant more elongated and more tasty. But it was worth it, right?

 

Peach

Peaches looked absolutely different before. They were more like cherries rather than the big and juicy fruits we call peaches now. They were first mentioned in China in 4,000 B.C. Since then peaches have significantly changed in their taste and look.

 

Cucumber

The ancestors of modern cucumbers were thorny and their fruits were full of seeds. But what’s more important is that they were poisonous. They were cultivated to be used for therapeutic purposes. As a food, cucumbers were first used in India more than 6,000 years ago.

 

Avocado

Avocados were domesticated in the third millennium B.C. The Aztecs called this fruit “forest oil” (Chronicles of Peru by Pedro Cieza de León, 1553). Initially they only used the avocado pit which they crushed, mixed with soot, and used as medicine. By the way, the avocado pit made up 80% of the entire fruit at that time.

 

Tomato

The first tomatoes looked like small and dark berries. They originated from South America. While in Europe, they were believed to be poisonous and were grown as ornamental plants only for a very long time.


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