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

By: Elizabeth Lavis
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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!



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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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