Plants and Animals

How Fruit And Vegetables Have Changed Over Human History

March 17, 2016 | by Tom Hale

Photo credit: John Mason/Flickr. (CC BY 2.0)

If someone handed you a wild banana from 7,000 years ago, you would barely recognize it from its modern-day ancestor.

Fruit and vegetables have changed a lot since humans have domesticated them over the past few thousand years. They’ve undergone a transformation from selective breeding that has tailored them to suit our picky tastes and conveniences. More recently, fruit and veg have been molded by genetic engineering, allowing us to pick ‘n’ mix the best genes from desirable plants.

This video from Business Insider gives you a small sample of the make-overs much of our fruit and vegetables have undergone.



Main image credit: John Mason/Flickr. (CC BY 2.0)