8 Reasons You Won't Look at Everyday Fruit the Same Way Again

Posted Dec 15, by Alison Stanton

\"\" Fresh pineapples destroy Jell-O! They can even dissolve your tongue!

An enzyme in pineapples called bromelain destroys proteins! If you try to put fresh pineapple slices into your Jell-O, the bromelain will break down the gelatin. If you tried to mix it with Jell-O mix and put it in the fridge, it’ll stay in liquid form instead of turning it to Jell-O. Canned pineapples don’t have bromelain, so you can put those in your Jell-O instead.

Bromelain can also be used to ruin a perfectly good steak. A little bit can be added to tenderize the meat, but if you leave it in the steak for a couple days, it gets really mushy. It has the same effect on human tongues. However, your tongue regenerates cells quickly, so you don’t have to worry about eating pineapple (unless you’re allergic).

You can learn more facts about pineapples, and tips on how to prepare them at Dole\'s website. Learn more about Bromelain at How Stuff Works.


A banana and a green tomato in a closed container will turn red overnight!

Bananas are good for plenty of things. Eating a banana can help cheer you up; it’s the only fruit to contain the amino acid typtophan plus Vitamin B6 which helps the body produce the natural mental depression alleviating chemical serotonin. Bananas help prevent constipation; an enzyme called fructiooligosaccharide hinders the fermentation of bananas in the intestinal track. And bananas are also great for ripening those pesky green tomatoes! 

Sealing a ripening banana with two or three tomatoes, and placing it in a warm area away from sunlight will cause the banana to give off an exceptionally large amount of a natural plant hormone called ethylene. Ethylene affects cell growth and cell shape; in fruits it work towards ripening them. 

As a result, in a matter of 1-2 days both the banana and the green tomatoes will ripen and adopt that red hue. 

This is just one of the banana’s many amazing capabilities that makes it the 4th largest agricultural product in the world. It is… Oh bananas, we’d go apes without you....and tomatoes aren’t too bad either, I guess. 

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Strawberries aren't actually berries, but bananas, avocados, pumpkins and watermelons are.

It’s probably rare that you hear a banana, avocado, or pumpkin referred to as a berry, but the fact is they are. It seems like people generally consider a berry to be a small fruit that comes in bunches, but in reality there are several definitions for what people call berries. 

There are drupes, which are fleshy fruit produced from a single seeded ovary with a hard stony layer, like peaches, plums, and cherries. Olives also fall into this category. There are pomes, which are fruits that have a structure that separates the seeds from the ovary tissue, like apples and pears. Some of the smaller pomes are also called berries sometimes. 

There are aggregate fruits like the blackberry and raspberry, which are fruits that contain seeds from different ovaries of a single flower. There are multiple fruits, which are fruits that are made from multiple flowers packed together, like the mulberry. Lastly, there are accessory fruits, where the edible part is not generated by the ovary, which includes the strawberry.

So by these definitions, a strawberry is not a berry. A berry is simply a fruit that has seeds and pulp produced from a single ovary. In addition to those already said, this includes the blueberry, coffee berry, cranberry, gooseberry, grape, persimmon, and tomato. 

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Everything you know about strawberries is wrong.

The 'seeds' on a strawberry are the actual fruit itself, not the red swelling part!

The achene is a type of simple dry fruit found on many flowering plants.

The achene contains a single seed within it and is often mistaken as the seed itself.

Other than strawberries, other achenes are the fruit of buttercup, buckwheat, and cannabis.

Some achenes have hair-like structures that make them appear like tumbleweeds.

So, you aren't getting annoying seeds stuck in your teeth when you eat a strawberry at all, but the fruit itself is stuck in your teeth. Too bad knowing this doesn't make it any less annoying.

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\"\" Grapes and raisins are poisonous to dogs.

We all know that we shouldn’t feed our dogs chocolate, but it turns out that a food that we consider healthy has disastrous effects for dogs. Grapes, whether bought from a store, grown at home, or in raisin form, make dogs really sick. Dogs can’t break them down in their digestive systems and too many can even cause kidney failure. Upon swallowing one, dogs will typically vomit the undigested grape or have diarrhea until the grape passes. Symptoms of grape poisoning for a dog include loss of appetite, more diarrhea, lethargy, and abdominal pain. These problems may persist for your poor pooch for weeks after eating the forbidden fruit.

Veterinarians who test dogs after eating grapes have found elevated calcium, nitrogen, creatinine, phosphorous levels in their blood. This indicates that they are developing kidney problems. One really nasty effect of eating grapes is that the dogs produce less urine. When the dogs can’t produce enough urine, they die.

If you want to keep your dog healthy, keep them away from grapes and raisins, and also watch out for macadamia nuts and onions.
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Oranges are green, not orange when grown in a tropical climate!

An orange is not a naturally occurring fruit , but rather a crossbreed of the tangerine and the pomelo, which is a fruit also known as the Chinese grapefruit. The first oranges were created in southeast Asia, where they would have been green, rather than orange.

The reason why oranges are green in a tropical climate is because the weather rarely gets cold. Because of the lack of cool weather, the chlorophyll remains in the skin of the orange, keeping it green. When an orange is exposed to cool weather while still on the branch it turns to orange. And orange that is left on the tree can change between green and orange several times depending on the weather.

This change of colors also means it’s impossible to tell if an orange is ripe. Fortunately for us, you don’t have to pay attention to if an orange is ripe. It remains ripe for a long time, even if left on the branch until the next season. The reason all of our oranges are orange in the store is because oranges are generally grown in subtropical areas, which means that they are exposed to cold weather. Oranges were able to give their name to the color because, most oranges are actually orange and not green.

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There are such things as fruit salad trees!

There was a time when you needed to visit several different trees in order to get that perfect bowl of fresh fruit salad. Now there’s one tree that makes things a lot more efficient by holding up to 8 different kinds of fruits. 

It’s rightly called the “Fruit Salad Tree.” The Fruit Salad Tree Company (yes there actually is a Fruit Salad Tree Company) created it with the use of an asexual plant propagation technique known as gafting whereby tissues from one plant are inserted into those of another so that the two sets of vascular tissues may join together. 

There are four types of Fruit Salad Trees; stonefruit (which grow peaches, plums, nectarines, apricots, and peachcots), citrus (which grows oranges, mandarins, lemons, limes, grapefruit), multi-apples only, and multi-nashi fruit only. And here you thought that prepackaging was impressive!

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Almonds are members of the peach family. <br/> - OMG Factoid #24


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