One in 20 British adults believes potatoes grow on trees and 37% believe apples are a tropical fruit, The Press and Journal reports.
Those were some of the findings from a survey of 2,000 adults, commissioned by the Mushroom Bureau â€“ an organisation which promotes freshly-grown mushrooms in Britain.
The survey also found 15% believe mushrooms grow underground, 7% believe parsnips are grown on trees, and three-quarters never check the label to see where their food comes from when shopping.
However, despite the misconceptions about the origin of many different foods, 63% of respondents said they are making more of an effort to reduce the food miles of the produce they buy and 37% said they would be prepared to pay more for food grown in the UK or Ireland.
â€œThis study highlights just how little many people know about where the food they routinely buy is from,â€ said a spokeswoman for the Mushroom Bureau.
â€œBut, interestingly, it also shows that â€“ when given the choice â€“ consumers would choose local over imports.â€
Source: The Press and Journal