Do All Fruits Come from Trees?

It’s hard to focus on your homework when your stomach is growling, right? If you want to perform well, you need to nourish your body with healthy snacks after school. But what should you eat?

That leftover pizza in the fridge might look tempting. And a big bowl of ice cream would be delicious too. Opening that new bag of potato chips would also be satisfying. However, your parents probably wouldn’t approve of any of those choices.

When it comes to healthy after-school snacks, there’s one thing that can fuel your body and satisfy your sweet tooth: fruit! Before you continue with your work, grab an apple or an orange.

Have you ever wondered where your fruit comes from? And no, we don’t mean the grocery store. We’re talking about how these fruits are grown. Do they come from trees?

Fruits and trees do seem to go together. After all, oranges and apples do grow on trees. Many other fruits also grow on trees, such as apricots, cherries, lemons, limes, coconuts, grapefruits, mangoes, nectarines, peaches, pears, persimmons, plums, and pomegranates, to name a few!

But not all fruits grow on trees. Some grow on vines on the ground, while others may grow on small plants or bushes. Let’s take a closer look at some fruits that you won’t find growing on a tree.

Watermelons, for example, do not grow on trees. Considering their size, we should be glad about that. Can you imagine a watermelon falling from a tree and hitting your head? Ouch! Instead, watermelons grow on vines on the ground.

Watermelons aren’t the only fruits that grow on the ground on vines. Other fruits that grow in a similar way include cantaloupes and honeydew melons. Grapes also grow on vines, but their vines tend to climb rather than stay on the ground.

There are also several fruits that grow on bushes instead of trees. Most berries fall into this category. Examples of fruits that grow on bushes include blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries.

There’s one fruit that sounds like it would definitely grow on a tree: the pineapple. Pine is a type of tree, and apples grow on trees, so it makes sense that pineapples grow on trees too, right? Wrong! Pineapples grow on a plant close to the ground. The name “pineapple” comes from the Spanish word “pina” (because it resembled a pine cone) and the English word “apple” (because of its sweet taste).

Give It a Try

Feeling hungry yet? We certainly are! Get a few friends or family members to join you in trying out the following activities:

Are you interested in going on a field trip? Request an adult friend or family member to accompany you to your local grocery store. Make your way to the fresh fruit section and see how many different types of fruits you can find. Create a list and then categorize the fruits into those that grow on trees and those that grow elsewhere. If you are unsure about how a specific fruit grows, conduct some research on the internet to find out!

Were you aware that a single tree has the ability to produce multiple types of fruit? Thanks to the scientific process of grafting, this is possible. To learn more about this, read an article titled “This Magical Tree Grows 40 Different Types of Fruit” on Time.com. If you could design your own unique fruit tree, what kinds of fruit would you choose for it to grow?

Are you up for a challenge? How about attempting to grow your own fruits and vegetables? Even if you do not have access to a backyard, there may still be options for you to cultivate some of your own food. Check out Wonder of the Day #17 titled “Can You Garden in the City?” for more information!

Sources for further reading:

– http://f.eed.bz/7-fruits-that-dont-grow-on-trees/

– http://www.mnn.com/your-home/organic-farming-gardening/questions/do-pineapples-grow-on-trees

– https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fruit_tree

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