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Seedless Fruit

This post is based on a submission by reader Matthew Garland.

Fun Fact #

The term "seedless fruit" is a botanical contradiction in terms because "fruit" are typically defined as having seeds.

Seedless Watermelon

(Photo: calliope1 at Flickr)

Commentary #

According to Wikipedia, seedless fruit are the result of either:

  1. fruit that develops unfertilized (parthenocarpy), or

  2. aborted ovules or embryos that didn't produce mature seeds (stenospermocarpy).

The former gives us seedless cucumbers, the latter gives us seedless grapes and watermelon.

Meta #

Does anyone know if Fruitarians are for or against the reproductive rights of fruit?