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Entry from November 01, 2017
“Fruits are just plant ovaries”

Fruits are sometimes called “plant ovaries.” “Botanically, grapes, blueberries, cranberries, kiwis and currants are all berries; they are single fruits derived from the plant’s ovaries” was posted on the newsgroup rec.food.cooking on September 4, 1994. “I seem to recall hearing somewhere that fruits are actually ovaries (or their equivalents) for use in plant reproduction” was posted on the newsgroup rec.music.tori-amos on November 15, 1998.

“When you eat fruit you’re eating a plant’s ovaries” was posted on Reddit—Shower Thoughts on October 15, 2017.


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Fruits: Ripened Ovaries
A true fruit is a ripened ovary or carpel, which contains seeds. Only angiosperms surround seeds with ovaries, so only flowering plants produce true fruits. The definition makes fruits sound simple, but the diversity of flower structures and fruit development leads to many different configurations, even though all have the ovary as their foundation. Before we delve into the types of fruits, then, we need to clarify the structure of the angiosperm ovary.

The tissue of the ovary – excluding the ovule or seed - is divided into three layers. Collectively, they form the pericarp, named for the carpel from which the ovary forms. The three layers are named for their location: exocarp for the outer layer (“skin” or “peel”), mesocarp for the pith or “middle fruit”, and endocarp for the inner layer that surrounds the cavity and/or seeds. Like your skin, exocarp covers the fruit and may contain glands which secrete protective or flavorful oils and pigments which advertise that the fruit is ripe (reds, oranges, and yellows) or unripe (green – and still potentially photosynthetic). Mesocarp is usually the fleshy, water-rich part of the fruit – the part most often eaten. Endocarp is perhaps the most variable; it may be fleshy, membranous, or hard, as you will see.

Google Groups: rec.food.cooking
When is a berry not a berry?
Sam Waring
9/4/94
(...)
This gets mighty tangled mighty fast, because botany and common usage quickly part company.  Botanically, grapes, blueberries, cranberries, kiwis and currants are all berries; they are single fruits derived from the plant’s ovaries.

Google Groups: rec.music.tori-amos
-I- Plant ovaries?
FanAgain
11/15/98
This is more or less out of the blue, but I seem to recall hearing somewhere that fruits are actually ovaries (or their equivalents) for use in plant reproduction.  Is this correct?

Twitter
si dawson‏
@SiDawson
.. & while we’re on the subject, fruit are actually plant ovaries? That’s.. kinda weird.
11:03 PM - 28 Jan 2009

Twitter
T. Le‏
@Tdalf
Replying to @Julwise
@Julwise Fruit are plant ovaries, so not exactly genitals, but close. smile Also, do you still want that wig if it’s <$45?
1:01 PM - 15 Mar 2009

Twitter
Kira Harrison‏
@chickenykira
fruit is plant ovaries
7:54 AM - 1 Apr 2009

Twitter
LILITH Reincarnated‏
@l___LILITH___l
Did yall know that fruits are plant ovaries. thats why i dont eat fruit. That info scarred me psychologically
2:58 AM - 19 Nov 2009

Twitter
chris zollner‏
@uhhchriszollner
Fruits are really just plant ovaries.
11:05 AM - 8 Jan 2010

Twitter
Annalisa Cirincioni‏
@annamalisa
fruit is really just plant ovaries
3:17 PM - 11 Feb 2010

Twitter
Weird Science‏
@weird_sci
Fruits are plant ovaries, created by plants purely for the purpose of using animals to transport their seeds.
6:04 PM - 9 Jan 2015

Reddit—Shower Thoughts
Smoothies are just well-marketed liquified plant ovaries.
submitted March 10, 2017 by vandlewax

Reddit—Shower Thoughts
When you eat fruit you’re eating a plant’s ovaries
submitted October 15, 2017 by Feminist-Gamer

Posted by Barry Popik
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