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Accessory Fruits

Accessory fruit defines a false fruit also known as pseudocarp. In these fruits the parts other than ovary and its wall are important in forming the fleshy fruit part. The true fruit is red and accessory is white.

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An actual fruit is dry achene; and the accessory is red and juicy at the time of maturity. Most of the accessory fruits are simple fruits that develop from inferior ovaries. Accessory fruits examples are apple, strawberry, quince, pineapple, watermelon etc..


The strawberry is an accessory fruit as discussed earlier; that is, the fleshy part is derived not from the ovaries (which are the "seeds", actually achene) but from the peg at the bottom of the hypanthia that held the ovaries. So from a technical standpoint it could be that, the actual fruits of the plant are the seeds, and the flesh of the strawberry is a vegetable.

It is greenish-white as it develops and in most species turns red when ripe. The rosette growth of these plants is a well-known characteristics. Most of the species send out long slender runners that actually produce a new bud at the extremity. The leaves typically have three leaflets, but the number of leaflets may be five or one.



Apple tree is a deciduous tree. The spring season is the most ideal for the apple flowers to bloom along with the leaves. Flowers are white, initially tinged pink with five petals. The leaves are alternately arranged, simple oval with an acute tip and serrated margin, slightly downy below, 5-12 cm long and 3-6 cm broad on a 2-5 cm petiole. The season for the apple fruits is usually the autumn.

Apples are always known for health reasons as said "an apple a day keeps the doctor away". There are many reasons why we say so! Apples are suggested to reduce certain levels of risk of colon, prostate and lung cancer.



Watermelon is the fruit and also plant of a vine-like (climber and trailer) herb originally from southern Africa. This flowering plant bears an accessory fruit of a type that are actually called as false berry by botanists. The watermelon fruit are, loosely considered as a type of melon (although not in the genus Curcumas) it has a smooth exterior rind and a juicy, sweet, and usually carries red interior flesh.

The species descriptor Catullus vulgaris is sometimes, synonymously, used to refer to this plant (vulgaris meaning "common"). Fresh watermelon could be eaten in a variety of ways and is also often used to flavor summer drinks and smoothies all taste good. The simplest way to cut a watermelon is to slice it crossways and then to slice the resulting round slabs into halves or quarters. This method is generally used in a casual setting where people do not mind the juices flowing everywhere.



The pineapple is a fruit native to the Asian tropics, with a delicate and fresh fragrance that's simply irresistible! The top of the fruit resembles a royal crown or as some would say the feathers of the mythical Phoenix bird and the flesh is golden like the skin of the Asian pear. In Taiwanese the pronunciation of the word pineapple sounds like a propitious meaning blessing of good fortune and future prosperity.

It is a popular custom to decorate one's home or office with symbols resembling the lucky and auspicious pineapple to ensure that all of one's efforts will be blessed and all of one's goals will come to fruition. The pineapple has been referred to in traditional culture as the best gift for a house warming party and upon the opening of a new business or to wish one's favorite political candidate success at the election boxes.

The pineapple was introduced to Taiwan long ago and during the 19th century it had become a common fruit throughout the island. After the end of Japanese domination in Taiwan, the government engaged in aggressive promotion of pineapple cultivation and within a decade the region around Chiayi County had become a key producer of a hardy melting pot variety of cross-bred pineapples.

Since the pineapple enjoys high temperatures and has excellent drought resistant properties and locations where the temperature differentiates throughout the year and during the day is most ideal for pineapple propagation. Spring is ideally conducive to the natural climactic demands of pineapple for the environment and weather. A wide variety of pineapples have been developed including the atemoya ice-cream-tree pineapple, winter honey pineapple, ice cream pineapple, fragrant apple pineapple, perfume pineapple and etc. Pineapples do not have the advantage of long-term storage, so for export purposes it is usually harvested early to prevent deterioration in quality during shipment. Taiwan pineapples are exported mainly to Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Canada.



A berry is a simple fruit with seeds and pulp formed from a single ovary. In non-technical usage, berry means any small fruit that can be eaten whole and lacks objectionable seeds.
The bramble fruits, compound fruits of genus Rabus (blackberries) are some of the most popular pseudo-berries. There are different varieties of berries which are classified as true berries and false berries.


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