What does it look like in nature?

May 03, 2008 Published under Environment, Funnies, Health, KIND Snacks

We have grown so distant from nature that we no longer know, or even care, about where things come from, or how they look in their original state.

I was curious about these, so I finally looked it up.  Can you guess their origins and natural form?

1) Water Chestnuts
2) Sesame Seeds
3) Oats
4) Cashmere: do you know what it is? Is it a process for treating cotton? Does it come from a plant? Does it come from sheep, or a goat, or a cow or other animal? Is it just the name for combing wool very softly?
5) Figs
6) Vanilla
7) Peanuts
8) Macadamias
9) Horseradish
10) A Head of Lettuce

First visualize whether you really know the above.  Then click below (in "More") for the answers.

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We tend to put in our mouths "stuff" we call food which consist of a mass of emulsified blab where we cannot distinguish or know what the core ingredients are, or whether they are natural.  (This is what prompted us to create KIND).  We are living in such an over-processed world, that we don’t know where things come from.  OK, so here are the answers:

1) Water Chestnuts

This is what they look like before they are taken out of their shells:

WaterChestnutsII  waterchestnuts

But it’s even cooler to know where they grow! True to its name, the chestnut grows under the water, while the plant floats above.

   water chestnut pick waterchestnut

2) Sesame Seeds

This is how we know them…


before they are taken out of their pods, which open quite easily and frailly…

sesame sesa_05sesame_pods2_smallsesa_02

…and grow on plants that look like these.

If you want to learn more, this site has a wonderful piece on the history of sesame seeds.

3) Oats


4) Cashmere – comes from Cashmere Goats.

cashmere goat2  cashmere-goat

5) Figs (I was kind of shocked when my wife and friends born in the US mentioned they never had eaten a fresh fig and only knew figs in their dried form!  If you’ve never tried a fresh fig, you are missing out on one of the most delicious fruits).

fig3  figtree

6) Vanilla


I assume many people are familiar with the vanilla beans above – but do you know where/how vanilla grows? In plants and pods like these:

vanilla plant vanilla pod 

7) Peanuts

OK, everyone knows the easy part – they come in these shells:

peanut seed

But where do the shells grow? Under the earth grow the peanut pods, while the peanut plant rises above. More interesting info here and here.

 peanuts2 Peanuts4

8) Macadamias


9) Horseradish – it’s a real root.


IMG_0134  IMG_0132 

10) A Head of Lettuce

lettuceImage1(I saw this on the net and couldn’t resist… :-) )

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    honey, c , lots of plants I’ve never ever seen…haha

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    Thanks, we were wondering what oats were – what they looked like and where they came from.

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    So informative….. it’s depressing that many of us in this generation don’t know where our foods come from.

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