Pre-Domesticated Fruits Look Alarmingly Different
Humans like to eat things that look appetizing, but long before we tamed “wild” fruits it was sometimes better to keep those hungry eyes closed. To hammer that point home, GrubStreet put together a video with some side-by-side comparisons of how fruits look now, versus how they looked before being homogenized by industrial distribution. The carrot, for example, looked like something you’d spray with a weed killer.
Bananas, which originated in Papua New Guinea, were usually seeded; corn came in thin stalks and had far less sugar than today’s variety. Watermelons were popular among the Egyptians, who tried to engineer the bitter, bland taste out of them. Thousands of years later, the gene that made them sweeter also made their interiors red. You can check out the rest of nature’s prototype fruits above.