[NAFEX] Million to one apple is half red, half green

Brungardt, Sam Sam.Brungardt at state.mn.us
Thu Oct 1 17:13:14 EDT 2009

Sounds like a chimera.  I believe they are not that rare in citrus. --
Sam Brungardt, St. Paul, Minn.
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	(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
	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 it.
	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 together."
	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 before."
	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
	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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