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Saturday, 14 March 2015

Fruit

Botanically, a fruit is a seed-bearing structure that develops from the ovary of a flower. Vegetables are other edible parts of a plant.

In Elizabethan times, English fruit salads were served hot or cold. They could be as simple as lemons sliced and sprinkled with sugar, or alternately a mixture of many fruits, herbs, nuts, spice and sugar. Flowers such as cowslips, marigold, primrose, or violets were often used; these could be pickled, sweetened or eaten raw.

Most of the vitamin C in fruits is in the skin.


Fruit allergies make up about ten percent of all food related allergies.

The scientific study and the cultivation of fruits is called pomology.


There is a “Fruit Salad Tree” which can grow up to six different types of fruit. They are multi-grafted trees with different fruits from the same “family” and all the fruits retain their own characteristics e.g. flavour, appearance and ripening times.


The pawpaw, a long bean-shaped berry that grows up to around 18 ounces in weight, is the largest edible fruit indigenous to the United States.

The Durian fruit is so stinky it isn't allowed on public transit in Indonesia.

The national fruit of Jamaica, the ackee, is poisonous in all but one small portion, and that portion is only safe to eat after the fruit has naturally opened on its own. Eating it prematurely or any other part at all causes "Jamaican Vomiting Sickness," which can lead to coma or death.

Mangoes are the most-consumed fruit in the world.

Avocados, cucumber, eggplant, olives, peapods, and pumpkins are all actually fruits.

Source Food For Thought by Ed Pearce

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