13 Fruity Facts You Didn’t Know About, Well, Fruits

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What came first: orange the color or orange the fruit?

Raspberries are a member of the rose family.

Raspberries are a member of the rose family.

So are apples, cherries, pears, peaches, quinces, plums, apricots, blackberries, and strawberries…but roses can be red and raspberries can be red (though they can also be black purple or golden…) so ignoring the others is justified, right?

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The word orange described the fruit before the color.

The word orange described the fruit before the color.

The Arabic word naranj joined the English language in the 14th century and gradually lost its initial n, a process called wrong word division.

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The word pineapple was inspired by pinecones.

The word pine apple was inspired by pine cones.

When European explorers came across these fruits in the Americas, they called them pineapples because of their resemblance to pinecones. On a side note, pineapples can take many years to mature. No wonder they're a bit pricey.

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The average person eats almost eight pounds of grapes each year.

The average person eats almost eight pounds of grapes each year.

And while Napa Valley may be the best-known wine-growing region in the United States, the oldest grapevine in America is located in North Carolina and could be over 400 years old.

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