Have a Look at Fruits and Vegetables before They Were Domesticated
Food is life and when there are modifications to it, they get mixed responses. Also, the love for food has been omnipresent and just does not seem to fade, unlike 'real love'!
With the growing population and the increasing demand of food, there is a compromise on quality in order to attain the quantity and this has been widely accepted, with the prominence of GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms). You will be intrigued to discover the changes these basic food items have witnessed, with the genetic modification. Have a look at how some common food items looked before humans started to grow them for food. While some food may have been genetically modified, some have been simply selected.
So, the next time you gulp down that banana or a slice of watermelon, remember that they were not this way always.#1. Watermelons
As the picture depicts, earlier watermelons did not have enough of the red flesh and were actually paler. This is a 17th-century painting by Giovanni Stanchi that shows swirly shapes in triangular-pie fashion.Coming over the absolutely juicy and fleshy ones today...
Humans have modified the watermelons into a sweeter and less of seeds affair.#2. Bananas
Hard to believe, ain't it? Well, the wild bananas of the past were actually larger in size and were grown nearly ten thousand years ago, in what is now called as Papua New Guinea. They were absolutely different and had large seeds in them.With the peelable and edible version of the present, bananas have actually transformed LOADS!
The hybrid or the modern banana is delicious, graspable, with much smaller seeds and stock-full with nutrients.#3. Eggplants
Eggplants have been known to come in different shapes and sizes for a long. Colors ranging from white, azure, yellow to purple have been known and the earliest grown were in China.Here is one variety of the modern eggplant.
Now, generally seen as dark purple and do not have a spine. This is a result of selective breeding.#4. Carrots
Like really? Purple carrots? Yes, in the ancient times the wild carrots used to be deep purple and even off-white and had wild roots. They were also very thin.Gosh! Look at the carrots of today.
Startling contrast. Having the bright orange hue and a favorite of rabbits and kids, carrots have changed a big deal.#5. Corn
The New York Times has regarded the evolution of corn as a big mystery. So, some scientists linked maize to a Mexican grass called teosinte. The grass has some kernels inside a hard casing.The modern variety of corn is much larger in comparison to its earlier breeds.
These changes have been brought over time, also the corn are much easier to peel.#6. Apples
This is a picture of the wild variety of the domesticated apples we eat today. As per Global Trees Campaign, a variety or breed of apples, Malus sieversii, is a wild version that is native to the mountains of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and China. This is the Asian wild apple and is also one of the main forefathers of our domesticated apples.Although the looks are similar, there is a huge evolution in taste.
The wild apples are small and sour, while the modern apples are much sweeter and bigger in size.#7. Peach
Initially, peaches used to look like cherries and had little flesh in them. Chinese developed the small fruit into a juicy and fleshy one.There was massive selection and replanting over the years which led to the huge transformation.
Thousands of years later, we get to enjoy this fruit. After the evolution, the present versions of peach are 16 times larger, 27% juicier and 4% sweeter than their wild cousin.
Phew! Now that's some HUGE evolution of food over the years. Feel free to share any more facts which you know about how food items have changed after they have been domesticated.