Krista Miranda

By Krista Miranda

LifeBuzz Staff

Can You Guess What These Pre-Harvested Foods Are?

Those of us who are city dwellers tend to be sheltered from anything going on in rural farm areas. We might love to eat chocolate or drink almond milk, but most of us don't have any idea where the ingredients come from, or what they look like. These photographs give us an idea of what we're missing out on, and hopefully, they'll make us all want to know more.

Cashews

Cashews

Thamizhpparithi Maari

Cashew nuts grow from the eponymous cashew tree. A yellow fruit, called a cashew apple, is produced from the tree, and the nuts grow out of it in a green shell. Humans can also eat the cashew apples, in the form of a fruit drink out of the processed pulp, or distilled liquor.

If someone ever tells you that chocolate is not a fruit, make sure you tell them this.

Cocoa Beans

Cocoa Beans

Flickr/USCapitol

Cacao beans are the seeds that grow inside huge pods that hang off of the sides of the cacao tree. When the beans are dried and fermented, they're used in products, such as cocoa butter and chocolate. The trees come from Central America and Mexico and they have long economic and ceremonial history in the ancient civilizations of Columbia.

Once you read this you'll never look at trees the same way.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon

Kit's Travels

Cinnamon is an important spice in the world of desserts, drinks, and many other dishes. But most people don't realize that the all too familiar powder is actually dried and ground tree bark. Cinnamomum trees can be found in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India, and Myanmar. The spice was being traded among people as early as 2000 BC.

You may not know it, but this beautiful flower also produces trail mix.

Almonds

Almonds

Flickr/Tom Raftery

Almonds are actually seeds that are produced from a pinkish white flower, out of the branches of an almond tree. An almond tree will grow a full crop of almonds in about three years. Almond trees thrive in the Mediterranean climate, and humans domesticated the tree species, in what is now Jordan, during the Bronze Age.

You definitely won't want to run through a field of these.

Pineapples

Pineapples

Flickr/hiyori13

Pineapples are from the Bromeliaceae family and grow on cactus-like, tropical plants. It may surprise you to find out that pineapples are actually berries. Pineapples are native to South America but were introduced to Europe by Columbus. During the early 19th-century, they were brought to Asia. Today, pineapples are a very important crop to countries like Thailand and the Philippines

Can you guess what this next fruit is named after?

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