8. Brussel Sprouts
Do you know what it takes to grow up and be hated by millions of children, young adults, and regular adults all over the world? It takes being a Brussel sprout, being planted in a very nutrient-rich soil, ripening all spring, being collected in September, and served in dishes to absolutely ruin the experience of eating. Can you tell I dislike Brussel sprouts?
The largest exporter of vanilla is Madagascar. Sweet, sweet vanilla is usually planted amongst other, taller trees, which provide shade and “moisture chambers” with their leaves. Vanilla grows on lianas and likes hot, humid conditions. It takes between 10 and 20 years to grow, and cross pollination is done manually, by people. Vanilla pods are usually around 22cm long, and after they are collected they are doused with boiling water and dried under the sun. Then they are sorted, bundled, and shipped for storage. With this amount of manual labor required, you can understand why natural vanilla is so expensive.
Almond trees grow up to be between 4 and 6 meters tall, and need calcium-rich soil and lots of sunlight. One tree can live up to 130 (!!!) years, and fruit-bearing starts after the tree is four years old and lasts for about 50-60 years on average. Fruits are usually collected in September, when the outer layer begins to crack. Three weeks later the fruit dries out and falls off of the edible nut.