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An Orange Inside Of An Apple
image Dawn in the UK sent me this curious item that appeared in today's edition of the Daily Express. It's about an orange that shopper Patrick Hurt found inside of an apple.

Mr. Hurt, 36, from Kiveton Park, South Yorks, said: "Apart from what was inside the apple looked perfectly normal. I have no idea how the orange got in there and I have never seen anything like it in my life." Greg Tucker, professor of plant biochemistry at Nottingham University, said: "The effect may have arisen through developmental mutation. It's not unheard of for flowers to become misformed. It is caused by mutations in some key genes. It is conceivable that a similar mutation occurred in this fruit."

Now I could understand if the interior of the apple was simply deformed so that it resembled an orange. That might be developmental mutation. But an actual orange spontaneously growing inside of an apple due to a gene mutation doesn't seem believable. Click on the thumbnail for a larger view of the scanned article.
Categories: Food, Science
Posted by The Curator on Sat Feb 19, 2005
Comments (21)
It might've happened in a lab and the accompaning story is the hoax. Genetic scientists can do a lot of things.
Posted by Cathy  on  Sat Feb 19, 2005  at  05:20 PM
someone could randomly put an orange seed inside the apple when it was small...remember about the fruit salad trees. I know apples and oranges aren't all that closely related, if at all, but the apple has a lot of water in it, and plants don't always grow in soil.
Posted by thephrog  on  Sat Feb 19, 2005  at  06:26 PM
But an orange seed would grow an orange tree, not a single peeled orange.
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Sat Feb 19, 2005  at  06:31 PM
Thephrog, if someone put an orange seed in an apple and it grew, it wouldn't grow an orange, it would grow an orange tree. When you plant an orange seed in the ground, what grows out of it?

Think before you post.
Posted by JoeSixpack  on  Sat Feb 19, 2005  at  06:34 PM
What if it was an orange that mutated to resemble an apple?
Posted by 8-Piece  in  Absentia  on  Sat Feb 19, 2005  at  07:38 PM
Although the thing inside is shaped like an orange, it isn't very orange-colored. I'd like to know if its flesh is like an orange, or if it just happens to be a mutated apple core which resembles an orange on the outside.
Posted by cvirtue  on  Sat Feb 19, 2005  at  08:23 PM
It looks a lot to me like someone scooped out the inside of an apple, placed a peeled orange in the cavity and took a picture of it making up this story. I don't believe it for a second. It's ridiculous. hmmm
Posted by Glamcat  on  Sat Feb 19, 2005  at  11:01 PM
The whole thing looks faked. I agree with Glamcat.
Posted by Myst  on  Sun Feb 20, 2005  at  01:51 AM
(red faced and sheepish) sorry, wasn't thinking clearly. duh. just trying to play devil's advocate, which i do sometimes.
Posted by thephrog  on  Sun Feb 20, 2005  at  02:06 AM
It's either been faked, or it's not an orange at all. Has anyone tasted it? It might be part of the apply...just malformed. The only thing that causes it to look like an orange is the sectioning of it.

There are no bites taken out of the apple. How did the guy figure this out w/o biting it. Sure, he could have cut it, but why would he have stopped at the halfway point & then cut around it the way you would cut around a fruit with a pod instead of tiny seeds. (As in, he sort of cut it like you'd cut an avacado...)
Posted by Maegan  in  Tampa, FL - USA  on  Sun Feb 20, 2005  at  06:57 AM
Good point Maegan. Who the hell cuts an apple like that?! That reinforces my original theory of it being totally faked.
Thank you.
cool hmm
Posted by Glamcat  on  Sun Feb 20, 2005  at  07:33 PM
Kathy Lee Gifford.
Posted by Hairy Houdini  on  Sun Feb 20, 2005  at  09:24 PM
Penn and Teller described how to fake putting an apple inside an orange in HOW TO PLAY WITH YOUR FOOD. I assume someone decided one-up them with a reversal.
Posted by Carl Fink  on  Mon Feb 21, 2005  at  06:43 AM
Take a gander at the citron fruit. Considered the first citrus fruit (all others were breed from it), it has a very, very thick pith (the white part).

My $.02
Posted by linnen  on  Tue Feb 22, 2005  at  02:02 PM
maybe it is a very thin orange skin so it looks like an apple but it isn't and they just passed it of like one
Posted by ethan  in  ilford  on  Mon May 16, 2005  at  08:51 AM
It's very clearly an orange with an unusually thick skin. The so-called apple is the orange skin. Hoax.
Posted by paul  on  Wed Aug 31, 2005  at  09:41 AM
I think the terrorists must have planted the orange inside the apple
Posted by bush  in  usa  on  Fri Oct 07, 2005  at  05:12 PM
Bizarrely enough, a friend of mine just had a similar experience. He bit into an apple with a strange consistency that easily split with a straight line without cutting it and when he twisted it in half it had a weird shape in the middle. It wasn't quite as orange shaped as this, but apart from that it looks remarkably similar. I took a photo but I don't know how to attach it to this message.

Based on this evidence, I would guess that the "orange in the apple" is a deformity of the apple.
Posted by Steffeny  in  Nottingham, UK  on  Wed Apr 04, 2007  at  10:53 AM
i remember reading this in the newspaper....
maybe there was an orange seed put inside a newly growing apple....but i fink this is real
Posted by grayde1208  in  uk  on  Mon Jul 14, 2008  at  11:34 AM
its very good projected.
Posted by Elma Krom  in  Turkey  on  Fri Apr 10, 2009  at  05:52 PM
Everyone commenting about an orange seed inside an apple does not understand much about seed germination.

For one. The chemicals in the apple would inhibit any orange seed from germinating otherwise what would prevent apple seeds from growing and germinating within their own fruiting bodies.

If a pre-germinated orange seed were placed it would take years for a mature tree to grow large enough to produce an orange let alone the near impossibility of an orange flower being germinated while entirely isolated within an apple.

The only likely possibility is a chimera where orange tissue from a graft somehow produced a part apple and part orange flower. Even at this rate it is even more unlikely that the flower would produce a portion of each fruit let alone an entire fruit within the other.

It is possible to have an apple within an apple. Flowers could grow close enough to each other where a fruit could engulf another or a mutated flower or even a flower that was damaged or split by an insect or virus but somehow managed to accept pollination.

Every one who thinks an orange seed could germ within an apple to produce another orange needs to go back to elementary school. Really!
Posted by nathan  in  norcal  on  Tue Jun 22, 2010  at  01:15 AM
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