A couple of months ago I was browsing a website where someone had posted about how cashews are grown. How food looked while it was growing was something I’d really never thought about before. Once I found out about cashews I started to do Google image searches of every fruit and vegetable I could think of and was really surprised by some of the things I was seeing. I wanted to share a few of my favorites here and I’ll begin with the one that started it all.
Cashews grow on trees, inside of a shell that grows off a fruit called a cashew apple or marañón. The apple itself is a sweet, edible fruit that is eaten as is or made into juice. The shell that houses the cashew contains urushiol which is the same oil found in poison ivy and because of this, cashews need to be properly roasted to destroy the toxin. Read more here.
How crazy does this thing look? Brussels sprouts grow in a spiral along a stalk which looks like a miniature palm tree. Here’s a photo of a field of sprouts after harvest and the leafy greens you see at the top of some stalks can also be cooked and eaten. (source)
Almonds grow on a tree that produces gorgeous white and pink flowers which eventually grow a hull. Inside the hull is a shell similar to a peach pit and inside that is where the almond grows. Read more here.
I’m not exactly sure how I imagined asparagus grew, but it definitely wasn’t like this. Don’t they look beautiful just growing out of the ground like that? Once you plant asparagus it will continue to give you crops for up to twenty years! Learn more about asparagus here.
Did any of these surprise you? Have you ever grown or seen any of these crops or trees in person?