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14 surprising facts about fruit that you didn’t know

By WHAT’sIN Sponsored | 9 March 2020

We all know eating fruits is key to a healthy diet, but how much do you really know about the health benefits of fruits? If you happen to be thinking about the same question, we've already done the research for you and picked the most surprising facts about those fruits you eat on a daily basis. Check off how many of these facts you already know!

1

Strawberries aren’t berries, but bananas are

Scientifically speaking, strawberries aren’t actually considered berries, or even fruit. Berries are defined as having their seeds on the inside, and since strawberries have their seeds on the outside, they are technically ‘false fruit.‘ Bananas, on the other hand, are developed from flowers with a single ovary and have soft skin, fleshy middles, and small seeds within. That means that they meet all the requirements to be considered both a fruit and a berry!

2

Bananas are slightly radioactive

Due to the traces of potassium and related decays found in bananas, they are considered to be slightly radioactive. Your body needs potassium in order to function normally, so bananas do help a bit in that regard. Don’t worry, you will only die from radiation poisoning if you are able to eat 10,000,000 bananas at once—and that’s an astounding feat in itself!

3

Oranges aren’t even in the top 10 when it comes to foods with the most vitamin C

Due to amazing marketing tactics, we tend to assume that oranges have some of the highest levels of vitamin C when it comes to consumable foods, but according to research, they are hardly at the top! Kakadu plums alone are proven to have 100 times more vitamin C than oranges, whereas chilli peppers, guavas, and thyme are just some of the many foods with higher vitamin C levels.

4

Cucumbers are fruits

Plenty of vegetables are actually considered fruits in a botanical sense! Cucumbers grow from flowers and contain dozens of seeds inside to birth the next generation of cucumbers. This basic function is enough to classify them as fruits instead of vegetables.

5

Tomatoes have more genes than humans

This sounds crazy but it’s true: The average tomato contains more than 31,700 genes, which means that it has at least 7,000 more genes than a human being! This was discovered while scientists were mapping the tomato genome so that they can breed better tomatoes and better understand the versatile family of plants.

6

Humans share roughly 50 percent of their DNA with bananas

Hold your horses, we’re not saying that humans are 50 percent banana—although that would make us pretty delicious. This just means that about half of our genes have counterparts found in bananas as well. To make things simpler, both humans and bananas have some kind of gene that codes for cell growth, but it doesn’t technically mean that we have the same DNA sequences.

7

Pineapples are just multiple berries

Pineapples aren’t really ‘apples’ but berries! Essentially, they are a group of berries that are fused to a central stalk, meaning that they’re not even technically a single fruit. Each pineapple plant only produces one pineapple per year, since it can take 18 to 24 months for a pineapple to grow into its full size. Knowing that, perhaps we should all treasure the pineapple a little bit more next time we have one...

8

Cranberries can bounce

Back in 1880, John ‘Peg Leg’ Webb dropped some cranberries down the stairs and discovered that the little fruits can bounce. Cranberries have tiny air pockets inside them that help them float on water and bounce on hard surfaces. Some believe that the higher the cranberry bounces, the better the quality. Try it out with a few cranberries next time you buy them!

9

Figs are the oldest fruit in the world

Records have been found of Sumerian tablets from 25,000 B.C. that show figs used in cooking, and the remains of fig trees have been excavated at Neolithic sites from 5,000 B.C. High in fibre, iron, and potassium, its trees can live up to 100 years and now we have proof that humans have always been loyal fans of this blessed fruit!

10

The world’s most popular fruit is the tomato

Botanically speaking, tomatoes are the fruit of the vine, and there are more than 20,000 different varieties of tomatoes in the world. They are the most globally produced fruit, due in large part to its versatility in cooking and playing key roles in foods such as ketchup, salads, and many more culinary uses. In fact, the tomato is also a perfect example to understand what the ‘umami’ flavour represents.

11

You can never really have a truly ‘original’ fruit

Almost all the fruit we see and buy in supermarkets are cloned versions of the original fruit, as their genetics have been preserved for our consumption. Cloning fruit provides us with high-quality produce that is efficient for the market and easy to regulate in terms of quality. We can also introduce selected genes with desirable qualities, such as sweetness or disease-resistance.

12

Coffee beans aren’t beans, but fruit pits

The coffee beans we know are actually pits of a fruit known as the coffee cherry—so named because of how similar it looks to an actual cherry. The pits take up most of the space inside the coffee cherry, with the skin of the cherry thick and bitter, and the little pulp between pit and skin being intensely sweet.

13

Trees that can sprout different fruits are a real thing

Although this may sound like something out of a fairytale, never doubt the human imagination—especially when we have the ability to make our dreams come true. By grafting trees (vegetatively joining two plants into one instead of cross-pollinating), they can actually produce different fruits from the same family. Known aptly as fruit salad trees, they can sprout three to seven different types of fruits, each retaining their own characteristics. The fruits they bear also ripen over different periods so there is a constant production of fruit!

14

Most fruits don’t ‘die’ the moment they are harvested

Most fruits can still respond to their environment even after being harvested. Take the banana, for example: A quick Google search will turn up multiple methods to quicken the ripening process of bananas that are still green, or tips to keep them from ripening too fast. Avocadoes ripen or ‘soften’ after they have been harvested as well!

We need to learn to appreciate fruits more

This almost goes without saying, but there is plenty more about the world of fruit that most of us haven’t even begun to explore, but the mere mention of sweet strawberries and toothsome figs is enough to pique our interest. Luckily, WHAT’sIN can help us with our fruit exploration journey!

These fruit lovers specialize in delivering blind seasonal fruit and vegetable baskets to your home or office. They pick their fruits not just based on taste, but also on organic and biodynamic certifications from Europe. That means no synthetic chemicals (fertilizers, pesticides, and preservatives), responsible farming practices and support for biodiversity.

Not only will WHAT’sIN deliver fresh produce straight to your doorstep, but they are also passionate about educating their customers. Each box comes with nutrition facts and details on each specific type of fruit, as well as recipes that you can try, so you can have fun with your fruit and taste them in new ways. You might even get to try a fruit that you’ve never had before!

WHAT’sIN’s products are 30 to 40 percent cheaper compared to retail prices of fruits of similar quality in Hong Kong. Recurring one- or two-week subscribers will even receive free delivery, 10 percent discount on additional cheapest baskets, and a free gift with their order. 

The cherry on top is that WHAT’sIN also makes sure to commit to environmental friendliness, using recycled and biodegradable packaging for their deliveries. They are also socially engaged with FOODCO and Food for Good to minimise food waste and aim in the fight against poverty by supplying free fruits and vegetables to disadvantaged families around Hong Kong.

WHAT’sIN is now offering an exclusive discount of 20 percent off for Localiiz readers on their first purchase with the code LOCAWHAT20. Why wait to try top-quality fruits and service while keeping up with your five-a-day? Sign up for WHAT’sIN to get surprise boxes filled with fresh produce of the week that is tasty, in season, and good for your health!

WHAT’sIN, Unit 3B, 13/F, Cable TV Tower, 9 Hoi Shing Road, Tsuen Wan | (+852) 6018 9221 (WhatsApp)

WHAT’sIN

WHAT’sIN is a Hong Kong-based fruit and vegetable delivery company aiming to deliver only the best produce to your doorstep. Visit their website here.

Unit 3B, 13/F, Cable TV Tower, 9 Hoi Shing Road, Tsuen Wan

(+852) 2178 2229

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