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The grocery store’s a pretty convenient place. We can load up on foods from around the world, and we barely even need to lift a finger. But because of this, we miss out on knowing where most of our food comes from. Heck, if we were ever in the wild, we’d have no idea which plants were edible and which ones would knock us out of commission.

While we do know that some fruits and veggies grow in the ground and some grow on trees, we wouldn’t be able to spot a grain or nut in the wild for the life of us.

Where do you think cashews, for instance, actually come from? (And no, they don’t just come from a packaging factory.) They’re actually the seeds of the cashew apple, which grows high up in a tree. Bet you didn’t know that.

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And here’s another fun fact for you: capers (those really salty green things often served with smoked salmon) are pickled flower buds from the caper bush. So essentially, you’re eating parts of a beautiful flower–this is an amazing universe indeed.

We were a bit surprised to find out where cinnamon comes from too. Honestly, have you ever even stopped to even think about where it comes from? It doesn’t come from a flower, or a fruit or the ground. Cinnamon actually comes from the bark of a tree.

Then there’s quinoa, which, if you ask us, looks more like poison than food in its natural plant form.

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Check out the video above to see more plants that everyday foods come from.