F Minus by Tony Carrillo for February 03, 2023

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    TStyle78  4 months ago


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    pschearer Premium Member 4 months ago

    Saber-toothed apples. Wooly peaches. Tyranno-cherries Rex. Bronto-bananas.

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    I'm here for the cookies Premium Member 4 months ago

    That’d be so cool

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    Pedmar Premium Member 4 months ago

    There are plenty of fruit flavors out there, but they won’t sell well in the American market. For instance, one popular fruit flavor in Britain is black currant. You rarely see it over here!

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    The Reader Premium Member 4 months ago

    But all we ever got was cloned bananas!

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    KenseidenXL  4 months ago

    That’s actually a far better idea. Carolina Gold rice would also be nice to recover.

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    Cerabooge  4 months ago

    Or we could bring back the mastodon and the giant ground sloth. They’d love to eat osage oranges, a fruit that still exists (if barely).

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    Doug K  4 months ago

    Just realize there is a reason those fruit plants went extinct.

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    chromosome Premium Member 4 months ago

    Were red delicious apples ever actually delicious?

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    kartis  4 months ago

    I am in favour of bringing back extinct plants. Fruits especially, we do need variety.

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    Ishka Bibel  4 months ago

    There is a strong link between extinct fruits and extinct large animals.

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    ChukLitl Premium Member 4 months ago

    Some have been brought back from seeds found at archaeology sites. Biblical dates, Anasazi beans…

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    goboboyd  4 months ago

    If there was more graft in grafting we might have even more choices. A banana shaped apple comes to mind.

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    mpolo11 Premium Member 4 months ago

    But there ever more new varieties! Take this apple (which is very good indeed): www.rockitapple.com

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    Happy, happy, happy!!! Premium Member 4 months ago

    Bring back the big mike banana.


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    jbarnes  4 months ago

    Most fruit is bred for uniform size and color, being hard to bruise, and long shelf life. There are a large number of fruit types and many varieties of fruit that never make it to market because they don’t meet those criteria. Friends who have been to Africa, Asia, and South America have told me what a limited variety make it to US supermarkets. For instance, there are dozens of banana varieties, but only one that is commonly sold in the US.

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    holdenrex  4 months ago

    Did grapples go extinct? I don’t see them at the Safeway anymore.

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    Boise Ed Premium Member 4 months ago

    A de-extinction company known for its plans to resurrect the mammoth and Tasmanian tiger has announced it will also bring back the dodo. (https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/tech-company-invests-150m-to-bring-back-the-dodo/)

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    Teto85 Premium Member 4 months ago

    Some real apples would be nice.

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