How To Prove A Geometric Formula With A Clementine And A Piece of Paper

Here's a fun demonstration from Cornell maths professor Steven Strogatz. Take a clementine (or any spherical, peelable fruit) and trace around its widest part four times. Then peel it. Flatten out the peelings as best you can and divvy them up evenly among the circles. Voilà! Tangible proof that the the surface area… » 1/14/15 4:50pm 1/14/15 4:50pm

This Tree Is Growing 40 Different Kinds Of Fruit At Once

This single (and quite colorfully blossoming) tree grows 40 different varieties of peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines, cherries, and even almonds — but just how does it do it? » 7/22/14 9:45am 7/22/14 9:45am

Animals Shaped the Evolution of Colorful Fruits

Fruits can get their colors from a lot of places. New research suggests that the color preferences of the animals that eat fruit are among the strongest influences on fruit color. It's an assumption scientists have always made, but now they have some evidence to support it. » 7/18/14 2:32pm 7/18/14 2:32pm

Why Does Your Apple Turn Brown, and How Can You Stop It?

Cut an apple in half and you begin a race against time. Every second you waste is a second that your apple uses to turn into a flaccid brown mess. Why do apples try so hard to foil your quest for vitamins? Science has the answer. » 7/15/14 11:00am 7/15/14 11:00am

What killed off the world's largest apes?

At 10 feet tall and up to 1,200 pounds, the aptly-named Gigantopithecus blacki were the largest apes the world has ever seen. These beasts went extinct some 100,000 years ago, and surprisingly, they may have been taken down by a diet that was too rich in fruit. » 1/14/14 2:40pm 1/14/14 2:40pm

What is the chemical composition of the perfect tomato?

The difference between a locally grown heirloom tomato and the mass produced one is pretty obvious to anyone with a palette — but amongst the infinite variation of different varieties of a fruit, is there something you can link directly to deliciousness? » 5/25/12 9:35am 5/25/12 9:35am

Introducing the self-washing fruit

A new sticker for fruit turns into 'fruit wash' when it's put under water and rubbed with a finger. Soon you may be able to clean the gunk off your fruit with . . . the other gunk on your fruit. » 10/27/11 7:00am 10/27/11 7:00am

Bananas have been hopelessly inbred clones for the last 7,000 years

If you want to see an evolutionary dead end, look no further than the supermarket produce aisle. Every banana you eat is an infertile clone, and its wild ancestors weren't much better when it came to finding new genes. » 7/06/11 1:13pm 7/06/11 1:13pm

"The most delicious fruit known to men" has been bioengineered to be…

One of the reasons bananas enjoy their rampant popularity is that the kinds you buy in stores are hideously mutated versions of the original, bred to not have the inedible seeds their wild brethren so proudly display. Thanks to new research we may soon be seeing other fruit making the transition to seedlessness, and… » 3/18/11 4:30pm 3/18/11 4:30pm