13 WOW Facts About Familiar Fruits and Veggies That Once Looked Very Different

5Apples were very small in size

Among the various facts about familiar foods can you believe that the ancestor of apples was actually tiny? Yes, wild apples were tiny, but it’s even more amazing to know that a single tree bore different sizes, colors, and flavors, of wild apples. Apples were domesticated and cultivated to improve their size and flavor around 4,000 years ago.

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Apples were very small in size

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6Avocados used to be smaller with larger pits

Originally wild avocados used to be much smaller than the ones you see now and had a much large pit which was almost entirely edible. But, these avocados had a hard shell. Since these wild avocados were so small, you would require at least 10 of them to be equivalent to 1 modern-day avocado.

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Avocados used to be smaller with larger pits

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7Eggplants had spikes and weren’t purple

The eggplant was given its name because it bared a resemblance to an egg growing out of a plant. Interestingly, the earliest eggplants were differently colored. They were blue, yellow, and even white. Their shapes differed a bit too like they were round and oval. Their stems had little spikes on them as well.

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Eggplants had spikes and weren’t purple

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8 “Poison apples” were tomatoes

Some Europeans in the 1700s actually feared eating tomatoes because they were widely known as “poison apples”. It was believed that the wealthy people who used to eat them died because of their consumption. This was true in one sense because when acidic tomatoes were placed on the lead-made pewter plates, the combination of the reaction would cause lead poisoning. Such facts about familiar foods are really interesting because they always have a story to tell.

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Poison apples were tomatoes

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