cabbage, kale, collards, etc- leaves
broccoli: flower stalks
brussels sprouts: axillary buds
mustard: lots of seeds
Maize is more like ... you started with a dog, 10K's of years pass, now you have an elephant, and we don't know how the hell it happened.*
For teosinte to become maize, SO MANY THINGS had to happen. Bigger softer seeds; lots of little grass heads had to become one big-ass corncob.
But other than that... did they also hand-pollinate? Did they detassel? FOR REAL. WHAT DID THEY DO
Whatever they did, it *really* worked.
crop scientist out
Straight-up racism is a huge driver of those "X was built by aliens" conspiracy theories we're referencing here. 😬