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Fruits develop from the flower of plants and hold the seeds. They are the way of plants to distribute their seeds.

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What's the smallest fruit in the world?

What's the smallest fruit in the world? Seriously, I have been Googling a lot, no luck. And is it a fleshy fruit or a dry fruit? And what type of fruit (e.g. drupe, berry)? And it is treated as both a ...
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What makes cherry blossoms so delicious? Does this delicious molecule (or molecules) have some function in the blossom? Does saliva activate it?

My friend showed me a news item about a monkey (or macaque) recently (early February) seen in Taiwan eating cherry blossoms. I assumed it must have been eating caterpillars or other insects that eat ...
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Anatomy of mature juice vesicles in hesperidium fruit?

What is the cellular structure of mature juice vesicles? In a mature juice vesicle what cell types are present, how are they arranged and does this differ between species?
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Why is coconut a fleshy fruit?

Firstly, I understand that it is classified as a drupe and its mesocarp is fibrous hence its hardness. However, how did botanists conclude such? Putting both mango and coconut side by side, we can at ...
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What allows ovaries to fuse to form a multiple fruit?

If these ovaries are from different flowers but from a single inflorescence, what makes it possible for these ovaries to fuse or produce a single mass? Furthermore, what exactly is the process of ...
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What is the nature of seedless fruits?

Can seedless fruit be produced in nature without humans interfering with the fruit? And would that be considered a spontaneous mutation?
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Is there any risk for oranges to lose vitamin C

My understanding is that vitamin C easily undergoes oxidation. But for that to happen, the vitamin C has to be in contact with oxygen, e.g. with air. Therefore an orange doesn't start losing its ...
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What is the cause for these patterns on my kiwi fruit?

Have a look at the top right side of the fruit. There are these grid like vellular patterns over it. The fruit seemed tender at time of taking the photo. Unsure if the pattern developed over ripening ...
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Please help me identify this tree/fruit. Is it edible?

When free, could the experts here please help me identify this tree. Location: Delhi, India Height: 20-30 feet Date: October Is the hanging green colored fruit edible? Thank you for all the kindness ...
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Are these pineapple seeds starting to germinate?

What is this? Is it the structure from where pineapple seeds grow? The photo is a slice of fruit.
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What is the evolutionary purpose of citric acid?

According to Dr. Paul Saladin, fruits are brightly coloured and sweet because they want to be eaten to spread the seeds of the plant. Unlike roots stems seeds and leaves that don't. To deter ...
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Seeds of fruits

Some fruits ( like watermelon , pomegranate, etc ) have their seeds spread out throughout their bulk . Also , there are fruits which have seeds at their centre of symmetry ( like apples ) . Is there ...
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This looks like it was somebody’s home - but who?

Found this near the edge of a forest in upstate New York. It looks like the remnant of a cocoon of some kind. I would appreciate any help in identifying its original maker / occupant. I hope my ...
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How do farmers tell if their fruits are sweet without eating them?

A relative of mine tells me that when she goes to buy fruits, she asks the vendor if the fruits are sweet. Surprisingly, the vendor is able to tell (the vendor is apparently willing to divulge this ...
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An apple sunk in water, looks fine. What could it mean?

I washed a dozen of apple just now and one of them sunk in water. Also surprisingly I was not able to find an answer via googling, all top results were about why they float. The smallest one. I don't ...
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Identity of plant bearing a cluster of bulbous, glossy red fruits (Oak Ridges Moraine)

Location: Oak Ridges Moraine, Ontario (Durham Region) Date: October 4, 2021 Site: Full shade; hillside; sugar bush
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Tiny deep red flower shrub species ID

I found this plant with maple like leaves blooming after rains this july.I am in Bhubaneswar,India.
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What was the evolutionary advantage of having seeds so large that they could only be dispersed by megafauna?

I understand that fruits like the avocado and the osange orange are so large and unwieldy that their evolutionary "intent" was to be consumed whole by megafauna that are now extinct. What I ...
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What is this long cylindrical white fruit called?

Location: West Bengal, India Temperature: 27 °C Weather: Survive all seasons, although it was raining today Length: 35 cm (although it can be small or big typically 10 to 40 cm length), girth:10 cm ...
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Why unripe, very young coconut fruits spoil in days, but the ones picked medium mature can keep months?

Coconut fruits can be collected at various stages of maturity. Coconuts which are collected just when the flesh starts forming (about 5-6 months on-palm age), so they have very thin or almost no flesh,...
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What's the name of this green fruit with little pikes fallen from a city tree on the pavement?

What's the name of this green fruit with little pikes fallen from a tree on Paris (France) pavement ?
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What causes the yellow and brown spots on our sour cherry tree?

So at the end of spring (maybe at the beginning of summer) our sour cherry tree started producing these yellowish/brownish spots on its leaves. Can you help me identify the couse of this? What can we ...
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Do chilli peppers change in composition after they change color?

I grow some chilli peppers and was wondering when the time is right to harvest them. Of course gardening-focused sources say that they are ripe when they change color. This usually happens very ...
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What is the name of this part in plants, fruits, vegetables?

What is the name of this part of the plant, fruit, vegetable? The thing that the plant is connected with the tree and gets nutrients with? The part we usually cut out when eat fruit. Examples below ...
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Can you explain the behavior of this snake?

I just saw this video in which a snake is swallowing grapes. ("Whip snake eating grapes"). In the video, the snake just doesn't eat but goes on to swallow 2-3 grapes. I did some research on the ...
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What is this fruit found in a market in Uyuni, Bolivia at the end of December 2019? (orange skin, 4cm, white flesh)

What is this fruit found in a market in Uyuni, Bolivia at the end of December 2019? Fruit diameter: ~4 cm. Seed: large, spherical, black. Flesh: white. Taste: sweet but not as sweet as a lychee.
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Calculating the ripeness rate in fruits

I need a way to calculate avocado ripeness rate in my experiment so I need a quantitative way, I'm not sure if calculating the cellular respiration for the avocado will result in ripeness rate for the ...
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Folded stem on apples - does it have a name?

I have some Newton Wonder apple trees. One feature of the apples it bears is that the flesh around the stalk is occasionally elongated out of the calyx. Below is a picture that shows this on the near ...
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Identify this unusually-shaped, orange-colored fruit that grows in pairs?

The photos below were taken on the island of Penghu in the Taiwan straight in October. This was in a public place and the small tree (about 3 meters tall, trunk perhaps 8 to 10 cm diameter) had ...
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What species is this? What the fruit?

The berries of the fruit are sweet. The tree is growing in Israel.
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Why do watermelons have a rind? [closed]

Random questions come up when talking with friends - such as this one! We were curious: what are watermelon rinds good for? So what benefits does it give the watermelon? Why did mother nature give it ...
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Why are sugars in whole fruits not digested the same way sugars in juice are?

In this paper of the WHO, it is claimed that we should limit our consumption of free sugars: WHO recommends a reduced intake of free sugars throughout the lifecourse. [...] Free sugars include ...
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Why does this plum/apricot hybrid look like brains?

Why does this plum/apricot hybrid look like brains? Notes: Here's a photo of what a normal fruit on the tree looks like. Location is Zone 5, east of Toronto. There are about 20 other fruits on the ...
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Do lychees cause encephalitis?

In India, there is a recent outbreak of this disease after many consumed lychees. Many people link this to lychee's "toxins". I'm not a biology major hence can't elaborate further on this, but here ...
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What is this fruit

What is this fruit? Is it edible? Found it in my backyard, in the Lehigh valley, eastern PA. Here's the photo:
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What kind of ribes is this?

I have a plant in my USDA zone 5 garden that appears to be in the ribes genus. Details: The location is east of Toronto (Ontario, Canada). The plant is currently flowering (today is May 18th, 2019)....
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Growth on raspberry cane: What is it?

I have raspberries growing in my garden. One of the raspberry canes has some sort of growth on it. Size: Approximately 2 inches long Location: Zone 5; east of Toronto, Ontario, Canada Date: April 4, ...
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Fruit identification - What is this green long fruit?

I found this fruit in the South of France, but I have no Idea what it is. It's a green, hard fruit. I tried to cut it to see the inside (on the following pictures). It fell from a big tree, but I don'...
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Can someone help me to identify what kind of pear is this?

I went to my local groceries supermarket (in Lima, Peru) and found this cheerful looking pear named locally as "pera canela". But I found it weird as the only variety which I'm aware of is Packham's ...
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Why choose strawberries for DNA extraction?

The NileRed video What is DNA and what does it taste like? | Edible Chem shows the extraction of a surprisingly large amount of DNA from some strawberries. At 02:22 ...
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How does peanut pollination work?

I got curious about peanuts and when I found some photos on the internet, I could see they have flowers. However peanut fruit is underground. How does pollination of peanut flowers affect the fruit ...
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What is this strange-shaped fruit?

The fruit has form of a cube or icosaheder. It is green but quickly becomes black. The meat of ripe fruit is easily separated from the seed, is sweet and tastes as dried plum. The seed has strange ...
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Searching a fructose degrading bacteria [closed]

my question is do you know a fructose degrading bacteria? Wich is straitforward to use and cultivate? Wich shouldn't create excrements, that can't be removed simple.
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Are bananas C3, C4, or CAM plants?

Are bananas C3, C4, or CAM plants? I have been researching for some time and cannot find the answer.
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What is this fruit?

There is a hairy hard shell (looking like a small kiwi), which naturally breaks, and under it there is brain-shaped red sweet flesh, half-covering the smooth black seed. Picture taken in the ...
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What is this plant with hardened fruits on the beach in Mozambique?

We saw these near the Barra and Tofinho beaches in the Inhambane province in Mozambique, in July. They were hard and leathery and dry to the touch, long past something resembling edible fruit. ...
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Please help to identify this shrub

Please help to identify this shrub in Hong Kong: - dark green fruit with white spot - fruits cluster at top of stem - upright growing of green leaves The shrub was from Hong Kong MacLehose Country ...
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Does the sun light have to have *direct access* to fruits to make them sweet?

I understand that sun light is needed for fruits to ripen. In the years with less sun light, the fruits are usually not so sweet. So the sun light is needed to make the fruits sweet. Where and how ...
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Can anyone help to identify this fruit?

It stays the same color when ripe. It's about the same size as a pear. Grows in sub tropical climate of Meghalaya, India.
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What is this tree and fruits?

Please help me identify this tree and its fruits that have sweet taste and very small soft seeds: It grows in the Mediterranean region.
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