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JAMA 100 Years Ago
October 23/30, 2013

The Ripening of Fruits

JAMA. 2013;310(16):1741. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.5380

Originally Published October 25, 1913 | JAMA. 1913;61(17):1540-1541.

The place which fruits are assuming in the dietary of man is one of growing importance. Certain species, like the apple and pear, the plum and the grape, have long enjoyed a deserved popularity; others which were once among the rarities in the United States are now finding wide-spread favor. This applies in particular to some of the forms of melons and to the fruits which are usually shipped by water from the tropical regions where they are grown to the centers of distribution. Bananas, which were found only in a few seaboard towns a generation ago, are now common in every region of America. In Great Britain, where they were little known less than two decades ago, they have now almost become the “poor man’s fruit.”