Have you ever wondered why different types of fruit have seedless options? Up until recently I never gave it a second thought. Well it just so happens that all God made fruit grows from a seed. If you think about it, it makes perfect sense. All living things are birthed from a mother source. Plants and trees follow the same concept, as they all originate from a single seed. There is no natural fruit without the seed.
Is Seedless Fruit Natural or Man-Made
By definition, fruit is a plant’s flowering organ that contains seeds. So technically seedless plants are not fruit. The term fruit is loosely used since it mimics its natural counterpart. If seedless varieties were called anything other than fruit it would be less likely to sell. Think about it, would you buy seedless hybrid grapes or grapes? As consumers we must not fall prey to marketing tactics. We shouldn’t take marketing claims at face value. So much of what we think about food has been shaped by what we learn from advertisers in the food industry. We must look past descriptions to see “food” for what it really is.
What is Seedless Fruit?
So how do you get seedless grapes, watermelon, and other seedless “fruits”? Scientists have developed a process that artificially fertilizes plants to create a seedless hybrid. Unlike natural fruit, hybrids cannot naturally reproduce and must rely of science. For as long as I can remember I have enjoyed seedless grapes and navel oranges. I’m ashamed to say, It never occurred to me that seedless fruits were not natural. So much of what we eat has been manipulated by man for our convenience.
At first glance, seeds can negatively be viewed as an inconvenience. But they offer tremendous health benefits, including vitamins and minerals. Mother nature has graciously provided us with everything we need to survive. Every element of fruit has a purpose. Seeds offer nutrition and allow for plants to reproduce. Anytime we interfere we affect our nutrition. Hybrids are scientifically less nutritious than fruit produced by nature. So is convenience worth the sacrifice of nutrition. Knowledge is power. This is a question we all must ask ourselves after we know the truth. As for me, I choose nutrition over convenience.