Updated: 8:29 PM UTC, Jul 16, 2017

No Sex Life for Certain Fruit

Parthenocarpy (Latin for “maiden fruit”) refers to the development of fruit without fertilization. The process produces a sterile fruit which lacks seeds. This method of reproduction results in fruit that are clones of each other.

It is the case of fruit without seeds or pits, such as certain bananas or pineapples. This reproductive method may be natural or artificial.

A seedless watermelon A seedless watermelon

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