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Ask Dr. Universe: Why are apples red?

Dr-Universe-230WENATCHEE, Wash. – Just the other day I was biting into a crunchy, delicious red apple when I was reminded of your question. I started wondering why apples are red, too.

I called up my friend and apple expert Kate Evans, a scientist here at Washington State University. Her research helps us develop new kinds of apples.

Dr.-Universe-with-leavesBefore she answered your question, she had a question for us to wonder about, too.

“What might the benefit be for a tree to have red fruit?” she asked. I thought about it for a moment. Then I remembered that in nature, colors could sometimes help send a message to plants and animals.

Read all of this answer from Dr. Universe at https://askdruniverse.wsu.edu/2016/09/12/why-are-apples-red/.

 

A service of Washington State University, Ask Dr. Universe answers some of the most interesting, tough and smart questions from curious kids all around the world.

 

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