In botany, a fruit is a part of a flowering plant that derives from specific tissues of the flower, one or more ovaries, and in some cases accessory tissues. Fruits are the means by which these plants disseminate seeds. Many of them that bear edible fruits, in particular, have propagated with the movements of humans and animals in a symbiotic relationship as a means for seed dispersal and nutrition, respectively; in fact, humans and many animals have become dependent on fruits as a source of food. Fruits account for a substantial fraction of the world's agricultural output, and some (such as the apple and the pomegranate) have acquired extensive cultural and symbolic meanings.
The section of a fungus that produces spores is also called a fruiting body. In common language usage, "fruit" normally means the fleshy seed-associated structures of a plant that are sweet and edible in the raw state, such as apples, oranges, grapes, strawberries, and bananas. On the other hand, the botanical sense of "fruit" includes many structures that are not commonly called "fruits", such as bean pods, corn kernels, wheat grains, and tomatoes.
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... A mixture of various kinds of fruit, high-strength rum and sugar is filled into a large stoneware pot (the eponymous rum pot) and matured for several months until the fruit is very soft and completely saturated ... in a cool and dark place in spring, and different kinds of ripe fruit are added to it over the months as they come in season ... The fruit are thereby preserved to be eaten in winter, when the Rumtopf is matured ...
... When in their roosts, the Jamaican fruit bat has a reproductive system known as "resource defensive polygyny" ... Jamaican fruit bats are most active at midnight, following that, activity begins to die down ... When captured, a Jamaican fruit bat will warn conspecifics with a distress call made of a long series of pulses typically lasting 15 kHz ...
... The alcoholic distilled beverage (maroela mampoer) made from the fruit is referenced in the stories of the South African writer Herman Charles Bosman ... The marula fruit is also eaten by various animals in Southern Africa ... portray elephants, warthogs and monkeys becoming intoxicated from eating fermented marula fruit ...
... as a plant hormone causes ripening of many types of fruit ... Maintaining most fruits in an efficient cold chain is optimal for post harvest storage, with the aim of extending and ensuring shelf life ... All fruits benefit from proper post harvest care ...
Famous quotes containing the word fruit:
“The goldenrod is yellow,
The corn is turning brown,
The trees in apple orchards
With fruit are bending down.”
—Helen Hunt Jackson (18301885)
“Of a life of luxury the fruit is luxury, whether in agriculture, or commerce, or literature, or art.”
—Henry David Thoreau (18171862)
“...the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”
—Bible: New Testament, Galatians 5:22.