Meet the Pineberry

Pineberries

What you see here are, genetically, common strawberries.  They’re a type of strawberry specifically cultivated due to the uniqueness of the variety present.   Called “pineberries,” these strawberries originally grew in South America and were almost extinct by 2003, but was saved by a group of Dutch farmers.  The lone company to produce them claims that pineberries are actually the world’s first strawberry, but that is probably more marketing spin than actual fact.  If so, it’s unnecessary, as pineberries have a built-in marketing hook, as the differences between pineberries and “regular” strawberries is more than skin deep.  Pineberries don’t taste like normal strawberries.  They taste like pineapples.

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20 ft pumpkin pie

20 ft pumpkin pie
Ringmaster Vernon Bergman, reveals the weight of a 20 foot wide, 3,699 pound pumpkin pie on Saturday Sept. 25, 2010 – one that will be the worlds largest once certified by Guinness World Records. The giant pie was baked in New Bremen, Ohio and sponsored by the New Bremen Giant Pumpkin Growers during the town’s annual Pumpkinfest. The massive pie took over thirteen hours to bake in a specially made oven.

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You might never eat a chicken nugget again

Processed chickenSay hello to mechanically separated chicken. It’s what all fast-food chicken is made from—things like chicken nuggets and patties. Also, the processed frozen chicken in the stores is made from it.

Basically, the entire chicken is smashed and pressed through a sieve—bones, eyes, guts, and all. it comes out looking like this.

There’s more: because it’s crawling with bacteria, it will be washed with ammonia, soaked in it, actually. Then, because it tastes gross, it will be reflavored artificially. Then, because it is weirdly pink, it will be dyed with artificial color.

Mechanically separated chicken is a paste like substance created by forcing unstripped bones through a type of sieve to separate edible meat tissue (including tendons and muscle fiber from the bones. 

But, hey, at least it tastes good, right?

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Update: Apparently this is all wrong.   See this for the correct information.

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Wild broccoli doesn’t exist

BroccoliYou’re walking through the forest when you come across some wild broccoli on the forest floor, except wait, wild broccoli doesn’t exist!

Broccoli is a human invention. It was bred out of the wild kale plant by carefully selecting for the traits we wanted and discarding those we didn’t.

Start with a wild kale. It has small flower buds and only flowers every other year. In a controlled environment, cause it to reproduces itself many times, and when by chance you get one plant that has larger, tastier buds, throw away the others and start reproducing that one. Next batch you might, again by chance, get a plant with not only larger buds but one that produces them more often. Save that one and keep going.

In selecting and reinforcing the traits we like, human beings have taken a wild kale and bred a new kind of plant altogether, a broccoli plant.

That’s also true of cauliflower, kohlrabi, brussels sprouts, even the yummy form of cabbage you buy in the store. They are all bred out of wild kale, and didn’t occur in nature before.

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