When I say “hybridization,” I’m referring to the process of intentional, selective breeding of two or more plants of the same or different species in order to develop a specific cultivar (e.g., taking a pummelo and a sweet orange and crossing them to create a grapefruit; or crossing spearmint with watermint to create peppermint).
There are many different hybridization techniques utilized by food breeders today. Hundreds of vegetable and fruit varieties have been created in this way, including most of the modern apples, oranges, tomatoes, strawberries, cucumbers, bananas, peaches, cauliflower, broccoli, corn, etc. (the list goes on and on).
There is no question that foods that weren’t modified by man are more beneficial to the human body. The problem is…there aren’t many of them left. Unless one resides in the rainforest, it is very difficult to come across a fruit or vegetable that hasn’t been cross-bred, modified, or otherwise manipulated.
The vast majority of foods sold commercially are in fact hybrids. This includes most of the organic produce that you see at your local supermarkets and farmer’s markets.
Humans have been experimenting with food—and not just food, but also animals—for thousands of years. Even a lot of the foods that we consider to be natural are also mutations of their original predecessors (by way of intentional hybridization or otherwise). If we were to eliminate hybrid foods from our lifestyle altogether, we would be getting rid of most of what we consume on a daily basis.
It is also important to know that just because something is a hybrid, doesn’t mean that it is harmful (perhaps with the exception of plants that were created via mutation-breeding–this technique of hybridization, although not as common, could potentially be as dangerous as genetic engineering). Fruits are so powerful and so electric (they are the most electrical food on the planet), that even after having been altered, they remain the most cleansing and healing food on the planet (along with medicinal herbs).
In my nearly 10 years of helping people get their health back, I have witnessed many incredible transformations that people underwent on fruit (a lot of which weren’t “original” fruits) combined with botanicals (herbs).
Now, if you are at a grocery store and see a watermelon that isn’t shaped like a basketball and has large, black seeds inside, buy it over the one that is perfectly round and has tiny, soft, white seeds or no seeds at all. Or if you see seeded grapes, buy those instead of the seedless ones. Those foods are closer to their original/natural state, and one should always go for highest quality. Just don’t be overly worried about it. Hybrid fruits and vegetable are still a thousand-times better than anything in a package or of animal origin.