When you think about it, humans are not the only ones traveling around the world. Long before we traveled for pleasure, people were traveling to do business. So, if a merchant found a delicious fruit or vegetable, he or she would bring it back home and introduce it to the natives.
Nowadays, with better communication and transportation, the world is more globalized with international services and products available in any major city. So, next time you’re about to eat something, take a look at your plate and try to imagine where all the food comes from.
Very rarely are you going to find a meal which is completely local! Let’s check the origins of the fruits and vegetables you eat every day.
1. Avocado – Mexico
Avocado originated in Central America, more specifically in Mexico. It’s no wonder guacamole is a frequent ingredient in Mexican cuisine. In Brazil and some other countries in Southeast Asia, it’s common to use avocados in smoothies and milkshakes.
Although Central and South America are still the main producers of avocado (Mexico being the number one), Indonesia is also a big contender. Due to its high-fat content, avocado is also popular in vegetarian diets.
2. Mustard – India
Next time you order a hot-dog and slather it with mustard, you might want to remember the yellow condiment originally came from India. Texts in Sanskrit shows the Indus Civilization began cultivating it around 3000 BCE.
Nowadays, you can find several different varieties of mustard being produced all over the world. Canada and Nepal are the largest producers, with Argentina and Chile (among other countries) producing black mustard.
3. Barley – Middle East
Barley was one of the first grains to be domesticated by humans in the Fertile Crescent area, which today is the Middle East and Northeast Africa. At the time, it was mainly used to produce bread and beer, but it was also a local currency.
Russia is now the main barley producer in the world, but due to its highly adaptable characteristics, it’s grown everywhere. As it’s the key ingredient in beer and whiskey production, you should be thankful barley made its way across the globe.