28 Fruits And Vegetables That You Had No Idea Grew Like That

OK, some of these you might know, but the first time I saw Brussels sprouts in their true form, I literally screamed.

I have no idea how I exist as an adult human who consumes food and didn’t know most of these, and yet here I am. No shame about not knowing these.

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1. Brussels sprouts are actually little nubs that grow on weird long stalks. They look like that stick with bells on it that Mannheim Steamroller plays for Christmas songs.

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2. Pineapples grow out of a short freakish plant on the ground WTF WTF WTF?!?!?!? / Creative Commons
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3. Cashews are that little brown dingle on the end of a fruity thing.

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4. Artichokes are actually the stiff outer petals around a flower. A flower! Who knew?!

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5. Pomegranates grow on trees.

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6. Asparagus comes straight up out of the damn ground like the hand popping out of the grave at the end of Carrie.

(Spoiler alert? Sorry.)

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7. Kiwis grow on vines and are cultivated like grapes. Kiwi vines!

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8. Leeks have a beautiful purple flower.

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9. Persimmons grow on a big tree.

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10. Cocoa beans for chocolate grow inside bright pods on a tree.

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11. Celery is a big leafy flowery sprawly thing.

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12. Beets are roots (duh) that grow in the ground with little leafy tops.

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13. Saffron is the little orange stamen of a special kind of crocus flower.

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14. Bananas grow in clumps on tall plants (technically not trees) around a flower spike.

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15. Peanuts grow as gross little dongles off the roots of the plant in the ground.

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16. Cloves are dried up little flower buds of the clove tree.

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17. Cantaloupes grow on the ground like a pumpkin (did you think they grew in trees? I sort of did. I think if I thought hard I’d know they grew on the ground, but my gut said “trees.” Oh well).

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18. Capers are the unopened bud of a pretty flower (note the little green balls).

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19. Cranberries grow in low bushy plants like this:

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To harvest them, they flood the bogs and do this:

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Yeah, yeah, everyone knows how cranberries grow. I just wanted an excuse to use this GIF.

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20. Broccoli florets are also little closed flower buds.

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21. Black pepper is made from dried peppercorn fruits that grow on a vine.

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22. Avocados grow on tall trees (shut up, Californians who are eye-rolling at this one). / Creative Commons

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23. Chickpeas come in little grean pods (like a pea, doye) in a low little plant.

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24. Olives grow on trees with gnarled, fucked up trunks.

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25. Blueberries grow on spindly little bushes.

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26. Lemons grow on trees like oranges (that was an easy one — everyone knows that, right?).

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27. Paprika (the spice) comes from ground-up dried red peppers that are technically the same species of plant as regular bell peppers.

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28. And arugula is just a bunch of janky leaves growing out of the dirt. AND NOW YOU KNOW.

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