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.