Number of Seeds in an Apple - Knowledgebase Question

Windsor, ON
Question by cmillben
May 6, 1998
This question is for my nephew's science class. Do all apples have the same number of seeds? and if so how many?


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Answer from NGA
May 6, 1998

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This would be a good topic for an investigation! I suggest you encourage your nephew's curiosity by cutting open some apples and counting the seeds. Try to find some misshapen apples--you might be surprised by the seed distribution.

I try to discourage children from looking for an answer that they can find out for themselves. I like to encourage, instead, that inate scientific curiosity that is so natural in children.

That said, I can tell you that, no, all apples do not have the same number of seeds, and the pollination of the flowers play a part in determining how many seeds develop.

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