8.10.09

HALF GREEN,
HALF RED

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 a stir in the village
of Colaton Raleigh, Devon, and 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 he was out picking a few apples for his
sister-in-law when he spotted the fruit hanging from
a bough.
In these rare 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, said: "I've never seen
this happen before to a golden delicious. It is
extremely rare. It is an extreme mutation."


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. 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 including
one striped pear in the collection at
Wisley called Pysanka," he said.



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