Humans love to mess with nature - when we're not hunting animals or chopping down trees, we're busy creating food hybrids. No, I'm not talking about the cronut. This is about the cross-pollination of two or more fruit or vegetable species to create a new variety.
While there are plenty of hybrids that occur naturally in the wild, in most cases agriculturists carry out the process themselves. Unlike genetically modified organisms (GMOs), hybrid fruits are not created in a lab and are deemed safe to consume.
If you frequent the produce section of the grocery store or a farmer's market, chances are you've already come across some fruit and vegetable hybrids. They can bear strange photoshop-like appearances and have interesting names, but they often taste good.
Here are 10 interesting fruit and vegetable hybrids to look out for next time you're at the store:
1. Kiwi Berries
They might look photoshopped but these tiny grape-like fuzz-less kiwis are very real. Kiwi berries are native to northern regions of Asia but they've actually been growing in the U.S for hundreds of years. The taste is said to be "complex, sweet and acidic" something to keep in mind when you decide to give it a try.
Kale meets brussels sprouts to create a superfood fusion called Kalettes®. The trendy vegetable caught the attention of nutrition experts and health nuts everywhere for its high nutrient content and unique nutty flavor.
3. Blood Lime
Blood limes probably have the most interesting history on this list. The finger lime and Ellendale mandarin hybrid was created by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) as part of a study on salt-resistant crops. The crimson-red fruit also known as Red Centre Lime is currently only available in Australia, but it is being considered for export.
Click on the next page for more fascinating hybrids including a broccoli and cauliflower mix.