Many products that we think are ordinary actually have an interesting history that we’re unaware of. For example, do you know what the ancient Aztecs used to eat and what kind of fruit doesn’t have any odor? You may also be surprised to learn that what you normally receive with your sushi is far from being real wasabi.
Enlighten would like to show you how some of our favorite products grow and share some interesting information about each.
Did you know that dates have no odor? That’s why it’s recommended to keep them isolated because dry fruit absorbs foreign odors very fast. Dates grow on palm trees whose height varies from 50 feet to 80 feet, which is approximately 15-25 meters. One tree can bring almost 220 pounds (100 kilograms) of fruit.
This popular tangy seasoning is made of unopened buds of the prickly caper plants. Capers are salted or pickled because it’s dangerous to eat raw buds. Lots of old salad recipes contain this product instead of pickled cucumbers.
Fig trees always “work” with fig wasps that pollinate these plants. Male wasps don’t even have wings since they live and die in one fig and never leave it. So each fig contains wasp remains. If this fact shocks you, let us say that a special enzyme turns insects into proteins that don’t affect the fig’s taste.
This exotic fruit is also called a breadfruit because it smells like bread when you bake it. In ancient times, people used green fruit as a contraceptive because when unripe, it contains substances that reduce the reproductive function of both men and women.
Cranberries are grown on special plantations in swampy areas. There are small air cells inside the berries and when they ripen, they come to the surface. During the collection process, people use harvesters that whip the water to make the berries come to the surface and then they’re collected with a special net.
7. Brazil Nuts
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Brazil nuts’ seeds are covered with a box that weighs 4.50 pounds or 2 kilograms. Each box contains 8-24 seeds, and each seed is covered with a hard shell. In the picture you can see a fresh Brazil nut that should be dried before eating.
6. Pitaya (Dragon Fruit)
If you’ve ever wondered what a cactus tastes like, you can try a dragon fruit because they taste the same. When it blossoms, the plant is covered with beautiful fragrant buds that bloom at night. To fully enjoy a pitaya, cool it before eating and don’t mix it with other foods that have a strong taste.
Real wasabi that was grown in cold running water has a strong antimicrobial effect. That’s why it’s popular to eat it with raw fish. One root costs up to €200 for 2 pounds or 1 kilogram, and can be found only in Japan. So, outside this country, as a rule, we eat wasabi imitation: a mix of horseradish, spices, and dyes.
Dried turmeric root helps prevent Alzheimer’s disease. The traditional Indian root is believed to be the reason why in India, only 5% of people over the age of 60 suffer from this disease, while in other countries, up to 20% of people are affected by Alzheimer’s.
This popular spice is made of dried unopened buds of carnation trees. The carnation has a burning taste and a strong odor. The pungency is concentrated in the stem and the smell is the strongest at the top of the buds.
Mustard is a great antiseptic. Winemakers have been using this plant for sideration (soil enrichment) of vineyards for a long time. The root secretion contains sulfur that mole crickets, cockchafers’ larvae, slugs, and other pests try to avoid.
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Chia seeds, that most of the healthy diet followers love, are the Spanish sage seeds. Chia is cherished for a balanced composition of valuable fatty acids, antioxidants, proteins, and fiber. In Mexico and other Latin American countries, Chia seeds have been an essential part of the traditional cuisine since the days of the Aztecs.
The facts mentioned above are just a drop in the ocean when considering all of the other interesting crop growth methods. Can you add any other items to our list? Share with us in the comments.