Can you believe that these troll-looking things are cashews?
Cashews, AKA the rich man's nut, grow at the end of cashew apples. While this apple is edible, it is very perishable. Most often, the apple is discarded entirely, and only the seeds (the cashews) are harvested.
This one is for all you sushi lovers out there. That pungent green paste you pair with your rainbow roll first starts out looking like this. Real wasabi comes from the root pictured above, Wasabia Japonica. The root is grated down into fresh wasabi, which then becomes a staple condiment at Japanese restaurants.
Now here's the sad part: chances are, the "wasabi" you're eating isn't the real deal. Most of the wasabi served outside of Japan is actually a blend of horseradish, mustard and food coloring.
Everyone's favorite fall spice! Cinnamon comes from the inner bark of a family of Cinnamomum trees. After the bark is harvested, it's dried out and curls up into pretty cinnamon quills. Then, the cinnamon is crushed into powder and ends up being sprinkled into your pumpkin spice latte.
Bet you didn't know that almonds grow on trees that are this pretty. Bet you also didn't know that a single almond needs a gallon of water to grow. So naturally, during the height of California's drought, there was some controversy about continuing to funnel water to the almonds. But seeing as how they're the state's number one agricultural export, the almonds still got the water they needed.
Your favorite tropical fruit (and the very divisive pizza topping) grows out of the ground, not on a tree like many assume. Pineapples grow out of a leafy plant in tropical or near tropical climates, and these prickly fruits are then harvested and turned into your favorite Disneyland treat, Dole whip.
Ever wondered where kiwis come from? Kiwi come from vines that have large, velvety leaves. During the spring, the vines bear beautiful white flowers that turn into the kiwi fruit when fertilized. And voila! This fuzzy little fruit grows, ripens and is shipped off to your local grocery store.
Just looking at these blooming artichoke plants is making me salivate for some melted butter. Artichokes are bulbs that grow out of the ground, and they must be harvested before blooming (pictured above) if you want to eat them. But if you don't harvest them in time, at least they turn into pretty flowers.
If you're a reasonably trendy or health-conscious person, you've had a quinoa salad in the past few years. Ever wondered what the superfood grain looks like before it's added to your shockingly expensive salad? Quinoa grows from a broom-like plant that tends to grow like a weed in the right conditions. When ready, the stalks are harvested and dried, and mainly used for its seeds.
Brussel sprouts are the go-to appetizer at any cool restaurant (mainly because they're usually paired with cheese and bacon). These popular veggies grow like a tower, full of knobs and leaves. Then the brussels are cut off the stem and ready to cook.
Gasp! Peanuts are grown in the ground!? Okay, you may have already known that, but it's still weird to see photos of peanuts before they're in a Planter's bag are in your jar of peanut butter. The peanut plant produces pretty flowers above ground, and tasty fruit (peanuts) below ground.
Yes, the eggplant emoji is your most frequently used emoji, but do you actually know where eggplants come from? These huge, heavy fruits grow on leafy plants and hang down from stems. When ripe, they're harvested and used in your mom's eggplant parmesan.
The dieter's favorite snack looks almost exactly the same as it does when you buy it in the store. Celery stalks grow out of the ground, and that's pretty much all you need to know. You can pull the stalk from the ground, wash it off, eat it and there you go – a negative calorie snack.
Here's another popular tropical fruit for you. Papaya, much like coconut, grows in bundles on tropical trees. Papaya is believed to be native to Mexico and Central America, but of course, it's now found in pretty much every tropical destination you can think of.
You know where salt comes from, but did you ever stop to think about pepper? Peppercorn grows on vines in humid, hot climates (India, Indonesia and Brazil are huge exporters of peppercorn). The berries of the peppercorn are harvested, dried, and ground up into what we see in our pepper shaker.