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12 Fascinating Fruit & Vegetable Relatives

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12 Fascinating Fruit & Vegetable Relatives


Sure, we all know that onions are related to garlic, or that lemons are biologically close to limes. But there are plenty of more surprising fruit, vegetable, grain, flower, herb and even illicit substance relatives out there. From the leafy veggie’s whole grain cousin to the stone fruit’s beautiful flower relative, click through to check out some of the most interesting plant relatives in the world.


1. Spinach & Quinoa.

Here’s an interesting one — both spinach and quinoa belong to the genus chenopodium, which, though short on edible foods, is heavy on weeds and hay fever-causing plants.

Other Relatives: Chard, beets.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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1:57AM PDT on May 8, 2015

Is it possible that some are adopted? Or that the parents have been naughty? Because they don't look alike much.

8:57PM PDT on May 17, 2014

Thanks :)

3:32AM PST on Mar 4, 2014

Thanks :)

2:09PM PST on Feb 21, 2014


4:33PM PST on Jan 31, 2014

hu! uinteresting-thanks

12:03PM PST on Jan 11, 2014

fun to know

8:58PM PST on Jan 10, 2014

Fascinating, as always Nature is intriguing.

11:50PM PST on Dec 28, 2013

Good to know, thanks.

11:26PM PST on Nov 10, 2013

Thanks for sharing this

1:11AM PDT on Sep 15, 2013


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