Before humans started selectively breeding fruits and vegetables, these wild plants looked very different (and not very delicious).
The wild carrot, cultivated by humans around the 10th century, was usually purple or white, very thin and had a distinct flavor.
Nothing like our crunchy orange friend we see today, the wild carrot looks more like a root. Or a tree branch. Not delicious.
Wild corn was domesticated around 7000BC and is now 1000 times bigger thanks to European farmers making the plant larger and easier to peel.
This is a wild eggplant, it has a tough spine for a root and the round, rather than oblong, plant came in all kinds of shades from blue to yellow.
The modern eggplant also has a flower instead of a spine, so it’s prettier in every way.
Wild watermelon has been seen in paintings with a distinctive swirled seed pattern, although now watermelons are almost entirely seedless.
And this is the banana of 7000 years ago. Thought to originate from Papua New Guinea, the wild banana had large seeds and a tough fleshy interior.
Kind of gross. The modern banana is actually a hybrid of two distinct banana species, musa acuminata and musa balbisana. So don’t say we never teach you anything.