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The 'papple' - is it a pear or an apple ?

Posted on Thursday, 24 May, 2012 | Comment icon 29 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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Experts in New Zealand have produced a new fruit that is a cross between an apple and a pear.

The hybrid 'papple' has the skin and texture of a pear but the taste of an apple, the new fruit will go on sale in the UK next week. "This is one of the most exciting new varieties of fruit we have seen for several years," said Shazad Rehman of Marks and Spencer. "It’s got a lovely refreshing taste, perfect for snacking on, and a fun alternative to an apple a day."

The new fruit is produced by crossing two varieties of pears from Europa and Asia.

"It has the softer skin and texture of a pear, but anyone who bites into this fruit in for a surprise."

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Comment icon #20 Posted by MissMelsWell on 25 May, 2012, 3:08
No no, that's a Chinese pear.. I know what those are. They come with the funny white styrofoam hats on them in the stores haha. The pear/apple hybrids are pinkish, not yellow.
Comment icon #21 Posted by psyche101 on 25 May, 2012, 4:24
Down Under we call them Nashi Pears Do the ones you have seen look like the picture in the article? eg. Maybe you guys can sue the Kiwis!
Comment icon #22 Posted by MissMelsWell on 25 May, 2012, 4:26
I don't think I've ever seen them as red as they are in the second picture, but certainly like the ones in the first picture!
Comment icon #23 Posted by ColoradoParanormal on 25 May, 2012, 5:00
Can we get these stateside??? If not, can I have them imported?
Comment icon #24 Posted by King Fluffs on 25 May, 2012, 6:12
It looks like I'll be buying some of these...
Comment icon #25 Posted by Spid3rCyd3 on 25 May, 2012, 20:47
Hmm, I wonder what the flouride content in these are, if grown with municipal waters (in the USA) anybody want to bet that it's higher than other fruits?
Comment icon #26 Posted by Erudite Celt on 25 May, 2012, 23:51
Does it float or sink when put into water? Apples are much less dense than Pears and so they float. Pears sink. If this fruit is truly a cross, then by my geekish logic it should be neutrally buoyant. :geek:
Comment icon #27 Posted by esperwolf on 4 June, 2012, 3:23
Sounds tasty, saves having to peel it.
Comment icon #28 Posted by coldethyl on 7 June, 2012, 19:44
And a witch! Burn her!
Comment icon #29 Posted by Gatofeo on 8 June, 2012, 5:02
Scientists have also announced the genetic blending of a pomegrante with watermelon. You can eat the seeds ...

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