What Fruits And Vegetables Looked Like Before Humans Starting Growing Them

The world is at constant change, new innovations, new methods are taking over the world and we just need to keep up that pace and move on to a better and healthier life. It’s no secret that changes happen in every aspect of our lives and it’s even affecting our diet.

There was a big fuss about GMOs taking over the market and many people were strongly opposed it and little do we know about the changes that the food undergoes during a period of time.

For instance, there are some fruits and veggies which have undergone an amazing transformation throughout the time and some of them have no resemblance to their ancestors. They not only differ in the looks but also in the way they taste.

Here’s a list of fruits and vegetables which have changed over the time, with human cultivation and breeding:

Wild banana vs Modern banana

Wild banana– Wild bananas had nothing in common with modern bananas. First of all, wild banana looked shorter and what amazes us even more- it had hard seeds on the insides! Presumably, the first bananas were cultivated in Southeast Asia as well as in the land of Papua New Guinea, approximately 7,000 to 10,000 years ago.


Modern banana– It originates from Musa balbisiana and Musa acuminate, the two wild varieties. Unlike its ancestor, modern banana has much smaller seeds, barely noticeably and peel, which is more convenient for us. It has a more appealing looks and it tastes better than the wild banana.


Wild carrot vs Modern carrot

Wild carrot– This veggies had forked root nothing similar to the one we see today. The carrots probably had purple or white color and later on they got that yellowish –orange color. As we go back in time, the first signs that we see of people growing carrots, were around the 10th century on the lands of Asia Minor and Persia.


Modern carrot– Modern carrots are nothing like their ancestors. They have a large root with orange color and they taste sweeter than their ancestors.


Wild watermelon vs Modern watermelon

Wild watermelon– The wild watermelon was believed to have swirly shapes with 6 pie-shaped pieces on the inside. The painting by Giovanni Stanchi shows a totally different watermelon from the one we use to know and the period which we are aware of these facts is the 17th century. This painting may not be a reliable source but judging by its seeds on the painting we can conclude that the fruit in question is the wild watermelon.


Modern watermelon– Hard from the outside and juicy and fleshy on the inside, modern watermelon is just a vague resemblance of its ancestor. People, with time, have grown red watermelons with seeds much smaller than on Stanchi’s painting.



Wild corn vs Modern corn

Wild corn– Wild corn was firstly grown in 7,000 BC and is amazingly different from the modern corn. It was bred from teosinte plant which you can barely eat. North American sweetcorn is an amazing example of selective breeding. The natural corn was dry, barely edible and was made up of 1.9 percent sugar.


Modern corn– Unlike its ancestor, modern corn is made up of 6.6 percent sugar, it’s much larger than wild corn as well as easier to peel. It was around the 15th century when people started growing corn and that’s when modern corn appeared.

Wild eggplant vs Modern eggplant

Wild eggplant– It was originally grown in China and as time passed so did its color changed. There were varieties of eggplant with different shapes as well as colors like yellow, azure and purple. The first eggplants had spines on the places where the flowers and the plant’s stem connect, which is no longer the case.


Modern eggplant– However, modern eggplant is far from yellow, white and small. It’s now large with purplish color and without the spines, due to the selective breeding.


Wild peach vs Modern peach

Wild peach– Wild peaches were first grown in China, 4,000 B.C. and were known to be salty and earthly. They looked like cherries and were noticeably smaller than modern peaches.


Modern peach– Due to selective breeding, modern peaches took over. They are much bigger than wild peaches as well as juicier and sweeter.


These are only few of the examples which show that we actually do eat genetically modified food, without being aware of that.

This article was originally published by Business Insider.


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