Structure of an Apple

Overview

Apples are a delicious and nutritious food that offer many health benefits. However, they have a structure that can make eating a full apple difficult. Understanding the structure of an apple can help you eat your way around this delightful fruit.

Stem

The stem is the small piece of wood on the top of apples. When the apple hangs from the tree, the stem is what secures it and provides the nourishment the apple needs to survive.

Blossom End

The dark, crusty material in the folds at the bottom of the apple is the blossom end. This is all that remains of the stigma, style, stamens and sepals of the apple. If the apple was still on the tree, this is where it would be fertilized.

Core

The core is at the center of the apple. This is the hard, protective covering for the seeds. This protects the seeds from people eating the apple, as the core is inedible and will be discarded. The seeds can then be released.

Seeds

The seeds of the apple exist in the center of the core and are only released after the apple has been eaten or fallen off the tree. The seeds then burrow into the ground to grow more apple trees.

Hypanthium

The hypanthium is the fleshy substance that surrounds the core of an apple. This is what you eat when you bite into an apple.

References

  • The Virtual Apple Parer Museum: Apple Anatomy
  • Garden Guides: Life Cycle of the Apple
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