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Garden with Insight v1.0 Help: fruit
When we call some garden plants vegetables, we are incorrect because we eat their fruits, not their
vegetable parts. Tomatoes, cucumbers, squashes, peas, beans, and corn are fruits just as much as apples
and oranges are fruits.
The fruits of most garden vegetables (there we go again) are simple fruits, meaning they develop
from just one ovary. An ovary can contain one or more seeds, and in the case of the tomato fruit it can
contain thousands. The edible part of the fruit is usually the ovary wall.
In this simulation fruits attempt to develop according to an S-shaped growth curve. They demand energy (as photosynthate) from
the plant to grow along this optimal curve, and the plant partitions its
resources among the growing fruits. When a fruit reaches its full size (or a maximum number of days has
passed), the fruit begins to ripen and may change color. In reality fruit ripening is much more complicated
but we assume it to be typical here.
How it works:
plant biomass partitioning