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Encyclopedia > Accessory fruit

An accessory fruit is a fruit in which the fleshy part is derived not from the ovary (or surrounding stem, if the ovary is inferior) but from some adjacent tissue. Examples are the fig (the fleshy part is a hollow ball with the flowers inside), the strawberry (the fleshy part is a peg with the carpels on it), and the cashew apple (the fleshy part is the stem, but the ovary is superior). Fruit stall in Barcelona, Spain. ... Human female internal reproductive anatomy Ovaries are a part of a female organism that produces eggs. ... Species About 800, including: Ficus altissima Ficus americana Ficus aurea Ficus benghalensis - Indian Banyan Ficus benjamina - Weeping Fig Ficus broadwayi Ficus carica - Common Fig Ficus citrifolia Ficus drupacea Ficus elastica Ficus godeffroyi Ficus grenadensis Ficus hartii Ficus lyrata Ficus macbrideii Ficus macrophylla - Moreton Bay Fig Ficus microcarpa - Chinese Banyan Ficus... Fragaria vesca Gariguette, a tasty (and somewhat expensive) variety cultivated in southern France. ... A carpel is the female reproductive organ of a flower; the basic unit of the gynoecium. ... Binomial name Anacardium occidentale L. The Cashew Anacardium occidentale is a tree in the flowering plant family, Anacardiaceae. ...

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Fruit @ iCookClub.com (629 words)
In botany, a fruit is the ripened ovary—together with seeds—of a flowering plant.
The term false fruit (pseudocarp, accessory fruit) is sometimes applied to a fruit like the fig (a multiple-accessory fruit; see below) or to a plant structure that resembles a fruit but is not derived from a flower or flowers.
Rarely are culinary "fruit" not fruit in the botanical sense.
Fruit (881 words)
Rarely, culinary "fruits" are not fruits in the botanical sense, such as rhubarb in which only the sweet leaf petiole is edible.
With most fruits pollination is a vital part of fruit culture, and the lack of knowledge of pollinators and pollenizers can contribute to poor crops or poor quality crops.
Fruits are so varied in form and development, that it is difficult to devise a classification scheme that includes all known fruits.
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