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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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Why are watermelons sweeter in the center?

Today I had a slice of watermelon and when I reached the outer parts of the pulp I wondered why those are less sweet. Whether or not the sugar occurs in crystalline form in watermelons is still an ...
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Please help ID this plant

Can anyone please identify this plant and confirm if the species is Synsepalum dulcificum (Miracle fruit)? Pics were taken near my house in Bangalore. Because the miracle fruit plant is not native to ...
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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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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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Is the primary evolutionary purpose of a fleshy fruit to benefit the sprouting seed or the frugivorous seed disperser animal?

In a question about the low protein content in fruits, one answer suggests the energy, carbohydrate, and protein content in a fruit evolved to entice animal seed dispersers, not foster the sprouting ...
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What causes this eggplant scar?

This eggplant fruit is featuring a big scar. What causes such a scratch? Is it a disease or maybe the fruit was hit and then it healed the crack? Is it correct to call it "Eggplant scab"?
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On vs. off-plant ripening: which one yields a more nutritious fruit?

Many fruits may ripen either when attached to the plant, or once it is detached from the plant. Which option yields a more nutritious fruit? In other words, if one picks a fruit when it is still ...
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Pepper plant leaf curl and "sweating"

The "sweating" and leaf curl have been going on for about a week. I've done some extensive googling and have found mixed diagnoses. For context, the ambient temperature is 74°, I'm using 6,500 K lamps ...
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Name of this kind of stain on fruits and how do they form

Last year I made some photos with avocados touched by some stains. They were even more delicious than the regular ones. What's the name of such stains and how do they form? My guess is that they form ...
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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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Fruiting of trees — environmental stimuli and biochemical cascades

My question concerns fruiting of trees in general. However, I live in a tropical country (Philippines) where mango trees are ubiquitous, so I'll use it in stating my question. The question is about >...
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How effective is it to rinse fruit, lettuce, tomato, ... with water?

The general rule I've seen stated is that to get rid of some nasty bacteria, one should rinse fruit and vegetable under running water before using them, especially if eaten raw. Most likely the ...
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Are there any fruits that rely on dispersal of their seeds using excrement?

Are there any fruits that have seeds which can survive the digestive entirety of an animal's digestive system and remain germinable once passed on in animal excrement? Perhaps this is the primary ...
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What is the incentive for plants to add rich nutrients to food?

As we know fruits are good sources of vitamins and minerals. What is the incentive for plants to add so much of vitamins and minerals to fruit pulp. My thought is that seeds would need is some ...
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Why do plants produce so much more sugar than they use?

I recently asked the question, "Do plants need O2 to consume energy they've stored via sugar?" to which @canadianer responded, "Yes, plants require oxygen to generate ATP from sugar. However, they ...
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Why do some fruits have their seeds disintegrated

Sometimes I'd come across a Lychee or a Naseberry whose seeds are kinda disintegrated.. in a thick powdered form, either completely or partially. What could cause such a thing? And is the fruit with ...
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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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What is this bright green spot inside an apple?

I bought four Gala apples at a produce store. When I sliced them with a stainless steel knife, a fresh knife for each apple, after the third slice they each revealed a bright green spot. In the apple ...
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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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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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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 ...