Common foods before humans domesticated them

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Wild watermelon

Judging by paintings of the fruit dating to the
17th century, watermelons may have once had
seeds arranged in swirly geomettic patterns.

Wild banana

‘The first bananas may have been cultivated

at least 7,000 years ago in what is now Papua
New Guinea, and were stocky and hard, with
large, tough seeds throughout the fruits interior.

Wild eggplant
Eagplants once came in a wide array of shapes
and colors, from blue to yellow, and some were
round rather than oblong, Primitive eggplant
varieties had a spine where the modem plant's
stem connects tots flowers.

Wild carrot

The first carrots were likely cultivated around
the 10th century in Asia Minor and were either
white or purple with thin, forked roots and a
strong flavor.

Wild corn

One of the most standout examples of sele
breeding is North American sweet corn, which
‘was bred from the barely edible teosinte plant.
Natural corn was first domesticated around
7,000 BC and was thought to have been as
dry as a raw potato.



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Modern watermelon
‘Over time, humans have bred watermelons to
have a bright re, juicy interior. The seeds are
often removed by preventing the plants from
being fertilized by pollination


Modern banana

Today's tastier bananas are hybrids of two
wild banana varieties, Musa acuminata and
‘Musa balbisic


Modern eggplant

Selective breeding has made the spine
disappear and left us with the oblong purple
vegetable we're familiar with


Modern carrot
Carrots today are large, bright orange, and tasty.


Modern corn

The corn we eat now is 1,000 times bigger
‘and much easier to grow and peel. A majority
of these changes started taking shape after
the 15th century, when European settlers
started farming it



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