When you purchase your food it comes neatly packed or stacked on a supermarket shelf but do you actually know how it looks before its harvested?
1. Black Pepper
Black pepper is added to most meals for flavor and it comes from a sort of berry. It is harvested when the berries are turning green to red. Once picked these peppers are left to dry under the sun and after a few days they turn black and are ready to be sold as peppercorns or ground down into black pepper powder.
2. Sesame Seeds
Sesame seeds come from little pods, they are harvested when green and then left to dry in the sun.
When peanuts are ready for harvesting they are dug up and left to dry under the sun. Once ready a combine harvester collects them, separates the nuts from the vines and throws the vines back in the field.
Many people think that cranberries grow on a bush or a tree but they actually grow in marshes. When they are ready for collecting the farmer fills the bog or marsh with extra water and then uses water reels to churn the water. This beating of the water loosens the cranberries from the vine and they then float to surface and are easy to collect.
5. Cashew Nuts
Each cashew nut comes with a fruit called a cashew apple. This fruit is extremely delicious but it is very rare to see for them for sale outside of it`s native country Brazil.
6. Pistachio Nuts
Pistachios grow in clusters similar to grapes, once ready a mechanical tractor shakes the pistachio tree and a net catches the nuts as they fall off.
Pineapples grow on stalks, they are easily harvested by cutting them away from the stalk.
Your favorite chocolate bar is made from cocoa beans. These beans grow in pods and are native to South America. After the cocoa beans have been removed from the pod they undergo a fermentation and drying process before they are shipped off to chocolate factories.
The almond tree blooms beautifully similar to cherry trees, in fact an almond tree can sometimes be mistaken for one. Shortly after the tree has flowered drupes start to grow on the branches and when the almonds are ready for eating the drupes crack open. Isn`t nature marvelous.
When a cinnamon tree reaches two years of age it is cut back to a stump and covered in soil. Within a year new shoots start emerging and these are used to make the cinnamon sticks you buy in the shops.
Producing coffee is a long and tedious process. For starters it takes three to five years before the plant starts producing coffee beans. Once they start it can take about nine months for the coffee to fully ripen and the beans are usually hand picked.
But the process doesn`t end there, the beans are either dried under the sun or sent to fermentation tanks. Both processes takes time but a delicious cup of coffee is definitively worth the wait.
Artichokes look like beautiful flowers when they are ready for collecting. Growers must cut off the bud along with 3 inches of stem.
Jabuticaba is a grape like fruit that actually grows on the trunk of the tree instead of the branches.
Asparagus grows from stems in the ground. Farmers have to be on constant look out for when spears start to show as it is easy to miss the correct harvesting time.
Date Palm trees are unique because they are either male tree or female. The female tree can only be pollinated by hand and is the only tree to bare fruit.
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