[NAFEX] Million to one apple is half red, half green
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Thu Oct 1 16:09:10 EDT 2009
(the picture online is a bit hard to believe)
Million to one apple is half red, half green
Published: 7:00AM BST 25 Sep 2009
Fruit grower Ken Morrish was left stunned when he found a golden delicious
apple on his tree split exactly half green, half red down the middle.
The fruit's striking colouring is thought to be caused by a random genetic
mutation at odds of more than a million to one.
The apple has caused such a stir in the village of Colaton Raleigh, Devon,
that Mr Morrish is inundated with neighbours queuing up to take pictures of
Mr Morrish, 72, who has been harvesting the apples from trees in his garden
for 45 years, said: "It's truly amazing.
"It looks as if a green apple and a red apple has been cut in half and stuck
He said that he was out picking a few apples for his sister-in-law when he
spotted the fruit hanging from a bough.
Mr Morrish, a retired painter and decorator, added: "I couldn't believe my
eyes. The red and green split through the stem is totally perfect – as if
I've painted it.
"It's a genuine one-off and none of us have ever seen an apple like it
Experts believe that the odds of finding an apple with such a perfect line
between the green and the red are more than a million to one.
In such cases, the red side usually tastes sweeter than the green side –
because it has seen more sunshine during its growth.
John Breach, chairman of the British Independent Fruit Growers Association,
told the Daily Mail: "I've never seen this happen before to a golden
delicious. It is extremely rare. It is an extreme mutation.
"There has been the occasional case of this type reported. If there was a
whole branch of apples with the same colouring then fruit experts would get
even more excited."
Jim Arbury, fruit superintendent at RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey, said it was
probably the "result of a random genetic mutation".
"This is known as a chimera where one of the first two cells has developed
differently giving rise to one half of the apple being different," he said.
"It is unlikely to be a stable mutation but it is worth checking next year
to see if it recurs. There are instances of some striped apples and pears
where the mutation remains stable including one striped pear in the
collection at Wisley called Pysanka."
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