Pome Fruit

Definition - What does Pome Fruit mean?

In botany, pome fruit refers to fruits produced by Rosaceae flowering plants. These fruits are characterized by a thick core in the middle. Common examples include quinces, pears, and apples. This term was coined in the 14th century. Some pome fruits may have a mealy consistency such as pears and apples, while others can sport a juicier flesh such as berries

MaximumYield explains Pome Fruit

Along with their cores, pome fruits can be distinguished by their small seeds encased in a tough, shell-like membrane. The seed membrane is usually found inside a layer of edible flesh. Pome fruits usually grow on deciduous trees that require colder weathers to emerge from dormancy in the spring.

Pome fruits like apples and pears are prone to scabs. This disease can be expensive to control, so planters need to check their trees on a regular basis. Scabs are normally caused by fungi such as Venturia inaequalis and Venturia pirina. Pome fruit trees affected by scabs often feature black patches on the flower stalks. If left untreated, these patches may cause both the stalk and the flower to shrivel and die.

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