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

By T.K. Randall
May 24, 2012 · Comment icon 29 comments



Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons
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. "Itís 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. New Zealand fruit experts have unveiled their latest fruit hybrid creation on its way to the UK - an apple-like fruit which looks like a pear.


Source: Daily Mail | Comments (29)




Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #20 Posted by MissMelsWell 12 years ago
I think you might be thinking of these: http://en.wikipedia....Pyrus_pyrifolia It looks like an apple but tastes like a pear. But it's not a hybrid of an apple and pear. If these already existed I don't know why they bothered making a hybrid of a pear and an apple. Seems like a lot of effort to make something that already exists. 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 12 years ago
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. 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 12 years ago
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 12 years ago
Can we get these stateside??? If not, can I have them imported?
Comment icon #24 Posted by King Fluffs 12 years ago
It looks like I'll be buying some of these...
Comment icon #25 Posted by Spid3rCyd3 12 years ago
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 12 years ago
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.
Comment icon #27 Posted by esperwolf 11 years ago
Sounds tasty, saves having to peel it.
Comment icon #28 Posted by coldethyl 11 years ago
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. And a witch! Burn her!
Comment icon #29 Posted by Gatofeo 11 years ago
Scientists have also announced the genetic blending of a pomegrante with watermelon. You can eat the seeds ...


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