Do You Know What Places These Fruits and Vegetables Are Native To?

By: Elizabeth Lavis

Do You Know What Places These Fruits and Vegetables Are Native To?
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About This Quiz

The world is overflowing with a bounty of fruits and vegetables in all colors of the rainbow! 

When you're getting your five servings a day, are you putting any thought into where your food comes from? The healthy helping on your plate might have come from a place that you have not even heard of. This delicious quiz will test your culinary smarts with a heaping dose of fruits and vegetables from all corners of the world. 

Some of these foods are grown all over the world, but we want to know what the original origin was. Where was this food first spotted, eaten and enjoyed by the local people? From coconuts to taro, this quiz hopscotches all over the map with a natural bounty that is sure to delight and get your stomach growling. Are you a culinary mastermind who knows where the humble melon and creamy avocado come from? Do you know your bok choy backward and forwards?  

See if you know where each one of the tasty tidbits come from and prove that your knowledge of fruits and veggies is better than average. We'll give you a hint: It's harder than it might seem at first!



cantaloupe Who doesn't love cantaloupe? Where is this melon native to?
North and Central America
Cantaloupes are native to North America and can be found in many U.S. southern states as well as parts of Mexico and even areas of Canada. This delicious melon is a breakfast fave!
South America
Australia
Southern Europe

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Dragon fruit The fiery-looking dragon fruit is notable for its vibrant pink skin. What area of the world can you find it in?
South America
Southeast Asia
Dragon fruit is native to Southeast Asia. These tasty fruits grow on large plants, and the inside is either white or deep purple. They are known for their mild flavor and refreshing taste.
Africa
Europe

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Garlic Garlic can make just about any recipe sing. Where did it originally come from?
North America
Africa
Central Asia
It should come as no surprise that Chinese food is heavy on the garlic, because this potent recipe enhancer originally comes from Central Asia. Now, garlic is grown and loved all over the world.
Australia

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Starfruit Starfruit is the delightfully sour centerpiece of any fruit salad. Where is it native to?
Southeast Asia
Starfruit is originally from Southeast Asia, although it is now grown in many tropical climates all over the world. Sri Lanka is the country most famous for producing this fantastic fruit.
Central America
Australia
Europe

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Jicama Jicama adds crunch to any salad. Where does it originally come from?
South America
Southern Europe
Australia
Central America
Jicama comes from North America and is a refreshing addition to many dishes that originate in the American Southwest and Mexico. Its crunchy texture and cool flavor make it a winner in everyone's book.

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Durian Durian is the fruit that smells stinky but tastes sweet. Where does it come from?
Africa
Southeast Asia
Durian comes from Southeast Asia, and it's one of those fruits that you either love or hate. The smell is quite pungent, but the fruit itself is supposedly very sweet and creamy.
Central America
Southern Europe

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custard apple Custard apples get their name from their creamy texture and sweet filling. Where do they come from?
Africa
Custard apples are native to parts of southern Africa like Botswana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. These tasty fruits have a soft, creamy interior and a sweet flavor reminiscent of dessert.
North America
Europe
South America

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Coconut Coconuts are one of the most popular fruits in the world. Where are they native to?
North America
Europe
Southeast Asia
Today, coconuts are grown in tropical regions all over the world, but they originated in Southeast Asia. You can sample this refreshing fruit on the beaches in Bali or the shores of Ko Samui.
Australia

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Taro Taro can be served sweet or savory. Where do you find this starchy delight?
Southeast Asia
Taro can be found as a sweet or savory filling all over Southeast Asia. It is usually light purple in color, and its starchy flavor is unique and compliments many different types of Southeast Asian desserts.
Africa
Europe
North America

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Date Dates are chewy and nutritious, but who knows where they come from?
Southeast Asia
Central America
Middle East
Delicious dates have been part of the menu for centuries, and it's easy to see why. These chewy and slightly savory delights are both healthy and versatile and can be used in a number of dishes.
Europe

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Watermelon Watermelon is the ultimate summer fruit. Where does it come from?
Central America
Africa
Watermelons originally come from West Africa, but this sweet summer fruit is now available all over the world. It's great with a sprinkle of salt and chili, cubed in a salad or by itself.
Australia
Southern Europe

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1 Tomatoes GettyImages-512070289 No matter how you slice them, tomatoes are an amazing fruit. Where did they originate?
Africa
North America
South America
Tomatoes are currently grown all over the world, but they originally come from high in the South American Andes mountains. They have been part of traditional Peruvian cuisine for centuries.
Central Asia

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blackberries Blackberries are antioxidant powerhouses. Where are they from?
North America
Blackberries grow best in the temperate climate of North America. These little gems are full of nutrients and antioxidants and make a welcome addition to any breakfast or a fresh salad.
Central America
Southeast Asia
South America

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29 Sweet potatoes GettyImages-694189480 Sweet potatoes are a pantry staple. Who knows where they come from?
Central Asia
Africa
Central America
Vibrant sweet potatoes come from Central America. These nutrient-heavy vegetables are currently enjoyed all over the world and are notable for their dense concentration of nutrients and vitamins.
Australia

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Avocado The humble avocado has been elevated in the past few years. What part of the world is it from?
North America
Central America
You can thank Central America for your avocado toast. These green gems come straight from Mexico. They are delicious smeared on bread, cubed in a salad or simply enjoyed with some lemon juice.
South America
Europe

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Radishes Where do spicy and crunchy radishes come from?
Europe
Australia
Southern Europe
Radishes come from Southern Europe and are a welcome addition to just about any salad or slaw. These spicy morsels are good for your waistline and packed with lots of healthy nutrients.
Africa

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Banana Bananas are one of the world's most popular fruits. Where are they from?
North America
Southeast Asia
Bananas originally come from Southeast Asia, although they are cultivated all over the world now. You can find them in just about any tropical location and on the shelves of your local supermarket.
Europe
Australia

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Pumpkin The main ingredient for your pumpkin pie came from which part of the world?
South America
Europe
Africa
North America
Pumpkin comes from North America originally. This very colorful root vegetable is a staple on American Thanksgiving dinner tables and is full of healthy antioxidants and nutrients.

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Grapefruit Bright and sour grapefruit is on plenty of breakfast tables, but who knows where it comes from?
Europe
Southern Europe
Central America
Grapefruit comes from Central America, specifically countries that border the Caribbean Sea. It is a relatively new addition to the fruit world and is refreshing, tart and totally tasty.
Southeast Asia

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Potatoes Who knows where potatoes are originally from?
North America
Australia
Africa
South America
Potatoes come from South America and are found mostly in the Andean region of Peru's Sacred Valley. Peruvian cooking makes good use of this humble root vegetable, using it in stews, salads and other dishes.

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kiwis Bright green kiwi fruits are delicious. Where are they from?
Australia
Kiwis come from Australia, but this fuzzy green fruit is now loved worldwide. These fruits are packed with antioxidants and are completely delicious. They also pair well in fruit salads.
Europe
Africa
South America

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bell peppers Bell peppers are amazing in a salad, but who knows where they are from?
North America
Central America
Central and South America
Bell peppers are native to Central and South America and are prominently featured in a lot of food from that region. They are extremely flavorful and good for you as well as versatile.
Southeast Asia

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Lychees Lychees are lovely. Who can tell us where they originate from?
Central America
South America
Central Asia
Southeast Asia
Lychees are a beautiful tropical fruit that flourishes in the warm climate of Southeast Asia. They are a welcome component to many sweet dishes in the region because of their light tropical flavor.

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Pea There's nothing sweeter than a spring pea. Where do these green morsels come from?
Australia
The Middle East
Peas come from the Middle East, where they are used in a variety of different dishes. Today they act as a bright burst of color and flavor in stir-fries or salads as well as savory pasta dishes.
Central America
Central Asia

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Bowen mango Amazing mango comes from which part of the world?
Europe
The Middle East
Southeast Asia
Mangoes are grown all over the world now, but they originally came from Southeast Asia. These fruits are served sweet or sour in a variety of dishes like the favorite dessert Mango Sticky Rice.
North America

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Okra Okra is a staple of southern cuisine. Where does it come from originally?
Central America
Southern Europe
Central Asia
Africa
Okra originated in West Africa, specifically Ethiopia. It is now widely used in cuisines all over the world, particularly in spicy gumbos, stews and fried dishes in the American south.

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Papaya Papaya is considered to be one of the world's tastiest superfoods. Who knows where it comes from?
Central America
We can thank Central America for the papaya. This orange-hued superfood originated in the tropical climates of Costa Rica and Panama, but is now found and enjoyed all over the world.
Southeast Asia
South America
Central Asia

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mushrooms Mushrooms come in all shapes and sizes, but who knows which part of the world had the first mushrooms?
North America
Central Asia
Europe
The first record of mushrooms came from ancient Europe, specifically France. This vegetable is now eaten all over the world and is used in a variety of beloved main dishes and sides.
Central America

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passion fruit Purple passion fruit is one of the staple foods of this region. What is it?
South America
Purple passion fruit can be found all over South America. This sour and delicious fruit is perfect in smoothies, fruit salads or all by itself. It's high in antioxidants and nutrients.
Southeast Asia
North America
Europe

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24 Leeks GettyImages-683732685 Leeks are an underrated vegetable. Can anyone tell us where they come from?
Southeast Asia
Central Asia
Leeks come from Central Asia and are used in a number of different dishes from that region. They are known for their mild and versatile flavor and their ability to complement other vegetables in savory stews.
Middle East
Australia

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17 Kale GettyImages-172657626 Before kale became a hipster fave it came from which region?
South America
Australia
Southern Europe
Kale originally comes from Southern Europe. This extremely healthy green is now popular all over the world as a renowned superfood. It is delicious stewed, stir-fried, baked or fried.
North America

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Rhubarb This vegetable makes a delicious pie. Where did rhubarb originate?
Australia
Central America
Southern Europe
Central Asia
Rhubarb is popular all over the world, but this humble vegetable comes from Central Asia. The climate is perfect for growing tons of rhubarb. Enjoy it in savory dishes or sweet versions like rhubarb pie.

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Ginger Ginger is one element that can add depth and flavor to a dish. Who can tell us where it comes from?
South America
Middle East
Southeast Asia
Ginger comes from Southeast Asia, where it is used liberally as a potent flavor in noodle dishes and curries. Ginger has powerful antioxidant properties and a lovely spicy flavor that is loved all over the world.
Central America

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Tamarind Who can tell us what corner of the world tamarind comes from?
Africa
Tamarind originally comes from Africa. This sticky, very tart and slightly sweet food is used to flavor both sweet and savory dishes and can even be enjoyed raw right out of the pod.
Southeast Asia
North America
Europe

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Daikon Daikon is delicious. Who knows where it comes from?
Middle East
Southeast Asia
Daikon is native to Southeast Asia and is added to a lot of different foods to give them a crunchy and spicy texture. Best eaten raw, daikon is a unique and delicious food that is sure to please any taste.
Central America
North America

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21 Artichokes GettyImages-184301951 Artichokes have a totally unique flavor. Where do they come from?
Europe
North America
Southern Europe
Artichokes are originally from the Mediterranean region of Southern Europe. They are delicious with a little oil and butter or stuffed with cheese and breadcrumbs and baked to perfection.
Australia

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beets The humble beet has been getting a lot of play these days. Where does it come from?
North America
Africa
Middle East
Europe
Beets come from Eastern Europe where they are used in a variety of dishes ranging from salads to soups and stews. Beets are packed with nutrients and a true favorite all over the world.

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Corn Whether it's on the cob, creamed or tossed in a salad, corn is amazing. Who can tell us where it comes from?
North and South America
Corn is native to both North and South America, where it's featured in a number of different dishes. It's now eaten all over the world in soups, stews, fresh salads or straight off the cob.
Southeast Asia
Australia
Africa

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30 Bok choy GettyImages-697489900 Bok choy might be one of the world's least understood vegetables. Where does it come from?
Southeast Asia
Central Asia
An often overlooked vegetable, bok choy comes from Central Asia, where it's paired with oyster sauce and tossed in different stir-fries. It is highly nutritious and very versatile.
Europe
Australia

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Carrots They are good for your eyes and delicious on your plate. Where do carrots come from?
North America
Europe
Carrots are indigenous to Europe, although they are now available all over the world. These nutritious and tasty vegetables are great raw or cooked and contribute heavily to a healthy diet.
Africa
Australia

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