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16 Mind-Blowing Fruit Facts

Some of this stuff is BANANAS. (Sorry.)

1. Not all oranges are orange.

2. Most commercial fruits are clones.

3. The clone tree armies are grown by grafting.

4. Japanese Yubari cantaloupes are the most expensive fruit in the world; two melons once sold at auction for $23,500.

5. Cherry farmers hire helicopter pilots to air-dry their trees after it rains so that the cherries don't split open.

6. The apple you're eating might be a year old.

7. Bananas get artificially ripened (after being shipped) to one of seven "shades" of ripeness.

8. Bananas, as we know them, are in danger of being completely wiped out by disease.

9. Donut peaches are a natural mutant peach variety, not a human-engineered fruit.

10. U.S. raisin farmers aren't allowed to sell all the raisins they grow; they must contribute to a "national raisin reserve" if supply exceeds demand.

11. Grapefruit can cause dangerous reactions with some prescription medications.

12. Cranberries don't actually grow underwater.

13. Cranberries do BOUNCE.

14. The leaves of the rhubarb plant are extremely poisonous.

15. One pomegranate can hold more than 1,000 seeds.

16. A strawberry isn't technically a berry, or even a fruit.