British people have an awful hard time identifying fruits. That’s according to a recent survey that polled over 2,000 adults in the U.K. When it comes to comparing apples and oranges…and mangos…and tangerines (the list goes on!), the results are a bit alarming.
40 percent couldn’t tell the difference between a mango and an apple. Meanwhile, one third of respondents had no idea what a fig looked like. And here’s the most amusing finding, when asked to identify a mulberry, seven percent ticked off “Halle Berry” on the list of possible answers!
There was also a huge lack of awareness in how fruits are grown and harvested. Nearly half couldn’t say watermelons come from the ground. The same amount also have no idea that pomegranates grow on trees.
The survey also looked at lesser-known fruits like baobabs and durians. And yep, people had no idea what those were either. “We knew that baobab might not be well known when we added it to our yogurt,” said Dan Rusga of British dairy company Yeo Valley, which commissioned the research. “But we were very surprised by the number of people mixing up apples and mangos. It’s tough to compare apples with apples when you’re looking at a mango.”
Other findings were more understandable—more than 70 percent could not tell a tangerine from an orange or clementine. I mean, beyond size differences, they do look pretty similar. And least surprising of all, more than half the survey takers admitted to not eating the recommended serving of five fruits and vegetables a day.
Before we go bashing our British peers, it would be interesting to see how Americans fared answering the same questions. Obviously the availability of cheap and easy junk food tempts all of us away from the produce aisle, but next time we’re in the grocery store, let’s take a minute to marvel at nature’s bounty, in case we ever have to take a quiz regarding what figs look like.
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