Here's what 14 of your favorite foods look like before they're harvested

Here's what 14 of your favorite foods look like before they're harvested

 

Banana plant before harvest and in the grocery store Shutterstock/Christopher Furlong/Getty

Reddit is an incredible home to interesting pictures, whether it's sprouting strawberries or mesmerizing "pixelated" avocados.

So it was no surprise that when Redditor JavaReallySucks shared an album of interesting photos that showed food before it was harvested, people couldn't get enough. INSIDER was even inspired to do our own research into how certain foods are grown and harvested.

Keep reading for a look at these fascinating crops and wild plants.

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You can still see traces of the pinkish-red bloom on the meat of the pistachio after it has been picked and dried.

You can still see traces of the pinkish-red bloom on the meat of the pistachio after it has been picked and dried.
Pistachios are seen after sorting at a processing factory.
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Another bizarre tree nut is the cashew. The actual nut grows on the bottom of a fruit, called the "cashew apple."

Another bizarre tree nut is the cashew. The actual nut grows on the bottom of a fruit, called the
It's crazy that a whole big fruit is harvested just for a small nut.
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Cashews are removed from their fruit for the harvest. The "cashew apple" is often juiced and sold in concentrated form.

Cashews are removed from their fruit for the harvest. The
No wonder cashews are so expensive.
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Let's take a look at some spices now. Ever wonder why saffron is so expensive? That's because it's harvested from the center of crocus flowers.

Let's take a look at some spices now. Ever wonder why saffron is so expensive? That's because it's harvested from the center of crocus flowers.
The orange section of the flower is saffron.
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Saffron threads are really the stigma part of the flower, and need to be handled delicately during the picking process.

Saffron threads are really the stigma part of the flower, and need to be handled delicately during the picking process.
Each flower only produces a few saffron threads.
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