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What Is a Fruit, Really?
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What Is a Fruit, Really?

Fruit is any sweet-tasting plant product, especially with seeds, like an apple. True, but what about walnuts and peas, eggplants and grains, avocados and olives?

Welcome to the wide botanical world of fruits. Find out how botanists classify fruit, their three types, and how these fantastic foods form.

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Apple Breeding

Apple Breeding

Horticultural scientist Jim Luby breeds varieties of fruit plants. Learn how he developed the Honeycrisp apple, and why math, chemistry, biology, and genetics figure into his work. More...

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University of Wisconsin, Madison
How Do Seedless Fruits Arise…?

How Do Seedless Fruits Arise…?

Bananas, navel oranges, and seedless grapes and watermelons are fruit favorites. But how do they reproduce without seeds? Discover the phenomenon of "parthenocarpy." More...

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Scientific American
8 Tropical Fruits

8 Tropical Fruits

Fruits are enormously diverse in shape, size, and taste, and tropical fruits are no exception. Kiwi, mango, papaya, or pomegranate juice, anyone? More...

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WebMD
Fruit and Dispersal

Fruit and Dispersal

Necessary for a seed to germinate, grow, and develop is dispersal, or how it gets around. Find out about adaptations of fruits that increase their success. More...

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Annenberg Learner
Flower & Fruit Anatomy Animations

Flower & Fruit Anatomy Animations

Watch pollination, fertilization, and fruit development of an apple, persimmon, and peach. Don’t let the big words stop you: They’re all about structure. More...

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University of California, Davis
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Fruit Development

Fruit Development

Only flowers that have been pollinated will produce fruit. Watch the process of fruit development in apples and pears and pineapples…oh, my! More...

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World News Network
Fruit Smash

Fruit Smash

How fast can you match up these bananas, oranges, and berries? "Smash" them quickly to fill up your Juice Meter and move to the next level! More...

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Miniclip.com
Fruit Under the Microscope

Fruit Under the Microscope

Both familiar and exotic fruits look beautiful and unusual extremely close up. Take a look at the "ingenious and often devious strategies" plants have developed to help make sure they continue to exist. More...

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BBC
Funky Smelling Fruit

Funky Smelling Fruit

Even with its, um, distinct odor, the durian fruit is loved by millions in Asia. See why some hotels in Malaysian Borneo forbid the funky-smelling fruit inside. More...

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National Geographic
Surprising Truths About Fruits and Vegetables

Surprising Truths About Fruits and Vegetables

Most people know that a tomato is a fruit. But why don't they know the many other "vegetables" that are actually fruits according to botanists? More...

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LiveScience
World’s Weirdest Exotic Fruits

World’s Weirdest Exotic Fruits

Enjoy some colorful exotic fruits grown around the world, from West African miracle berries to the Buddha’s hand to the horned melon and jaboticaba. More...

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Travel + Leisure

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