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Culinary fruits
Mixed fruit
Fruit shop in Naggar, Himachal Pradesh, India
The Medici citrus collection by Bartolomeo Bimbi, 1715

In botany, a fruit is a part of a flowering plant that derives from specific tissues of the flower, one or more ovaries, and in some cases accessory tissues.

Fruits are the means by which these plants disseminate seeds. Many of them that bear edible fruits, in particular, have propagated with the movements of humans and animals in a symbiotic relationship as a means for seed dispersal and nutrition, respectively; in fact, humans and many animals have become dependent on fruits as a source of food.<ref name="Lewis375">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> Fruits account for a substantial fraction of the world's agricultural output, and some (such as the apple and the pomegranate) have acquired extensive cultural and symbolic meanings.

In common language usage, "fruit" normally means the fleshy seed-associated structures of a plant that are sweet or sour and edible in the raw state, such as apples, oranges, grapes, strawberries, bananas, and lemons. On the other hand, the botanical sense of "fruit" includes many structures that are not commonly called "fruits", such as bean pods, corn kernels, wheat grains, and tomatoes.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref><ref name="Mauseth271">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref>

The section of a fungus that produces spores is also called a fruiting body.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

Fruit sections
Intro   Botanic fruit and culinary fruit    Fruit structure    Fruit development    Seedless fruits    Seed dissemination    Uses    Safety    Allergy    Production    Storage    See also    References    Further reading    External links   

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