Do your little ones know their apples from their oranges, carrots from potatoes or even courgettes from cucumbers?  A surprising number of children across the UK are clueless when it comes to fruit and vegetables and how they are grown according to new research.

The Fabulous Bakers, the UK’s only mainstream bakery using all natural ingredients, conducted research amongst over 1,000 children aged six to ten years old.  The research has revealed that 61 per cent of UK children have ‘no idea’ how the food they eat is grown, with one in ten (11 per cent) not knowing an apple grows on a tree.

Almost half (44 per cent) of those questioned could not correctly identify how the most popular fruits are grown with over a quarter (28 per cent) thinking strawberries grow on trees as opposed to on plants or bushes. 86 per cent did not know that pineapples grow on the ground from an individual plant and over half (53 per cent) did not know grapes grow on vines.

The fruits that children are most confused by are watermelons, with 96 per cent not knowing that they are grown on vines. Coming second on the list of confusion are pineapples followed by grapes.

The top ten fruits children are baffled by are:

  1. Watermelons (96 per cent do not know how the fruit is grown)
  2. Pineapples (86 per cent)
  3. Grapes (53 per cent)
  4. Apricots (48 per cent)
  5. Grapefruits (47 per cent)
  6. Cranberries (46 per cent)
  7. Mangoes (44 per cent)
  8. Strawberries  (44 per cent)
  9. Peaches (33 per cent)
  10. Plums (32 per cent)

The research also revealed that six per cent of children think that chocolate is ready made and grown as bars, whilst 14 per cent believe that corn is grown in bags. 16 per cent of children have no idea bees make honey, with three per cent thinking it’s made by cows.

Adults are just as bad as children as over a quarter of those asked did not know how bananas are grown (27 per cent). There was also confusion with grapes, with nearly one in ten (8 per cent) thinking that they grow on trees and not vines and 2 per cent thinking that oranges grow under ground.

Victoria Willis from The Fabulous Bakers comments:

“It is really important that people know exactly where the food we put into our bodies comes from and when you look closely at how natural ingredients grow, you really do appreciate just how fabulous the natural world is. For example, pineapples are two hundred flowers fused together, cranberries aren’t picked they’re flooded in a lake, and bees tell other bees where to get the best food by dancing. How fabulous.”

The top ten most popular fruits and how children think they grow are:

1. Strawberries

  • 56 per cent know they grow on plants or in bushes
  • 28 per cent think they grow underground
  • 7 per cent think they grow on trees
  • 3 per cent think they grow on vines
  • 1 per cent think they grow in factories
  • 1 per cent think they grow in fridges

2. Apples

  • 89 per cent know they grow on trees
  • 3 per cent think they grow in bushes
  • 2 per cent think they grow underground
  • 2 per cent think they grow in a factory

3. Grapes

  • 47 per cent know they grow on vines
  • 25 per cent think they grow in bushes
  • 16 per cent think they grow on trees
  • 3 per cent think they grow underground
  • 2 per cent think they grow in factories

4. Bananas

  • 80 per cent know they grow on treelike plants
  • 7 per cent think they grow in bushes
  • 3 per cent think they grow underground
  • 3 per cent think they grow in factories

5. Pineapples

  • 14 per cent know they grow on the ground on individual plants
  • 62 per cent think they grow on trees
  • 14 per cent think they grow underground
  • 2 per cent think they grow in factories

6. Raspberries

  • 74 per cent know they grow in bushes
  • 7 per cent think they grow on trees
  • 2 per cent think they grow on vines
  • 2 per cent think they grow in factories

7. Oranges

  • 80 per cent know they grow on trees
  • 6 per cent think they grow in bushes
  • 2 per cent think they grow underground
  • 2 per cent think they grow in factories

8. Watermelons

  • 4 per cent know they grow on vines
  • 35 per cent think they grow underground
  • 18 per cent think they grow on trees
  • 12 per cent think they grow in bushes
  • 2 per cent think they grow in factories

9. Mangoes

  • 56 per cent know they grow on trees
  • 8 per cent think they grow in bushes
  • 5 per cent think they grow underground
  • 2 per cent think they grow in factories

10. Blueberries

  • 69 per cent know they grow in bushes
  • 8 per cent think they grow on trees
  • 5 per cent think they grow underground
  • 2 per cent think they are grown in factories

We’ll be honest a few of those had us puzzled too, so we’re sure our kiddies wouldn’t know either – hey ho, every day’s a school day!

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