Caption: Apple fruit parenchyma cells (Malus domestica). An apple is a pomaceous fruit produced by a tree of the species Malus domestica in the family Rosaceae. Shown here are parenchyma cells deep within the apple fruit cortex. These cells are large storage cells (also called ground tissue cells) that contain the apple fruit constituents. Compared to many other fruits and vegetables, apples contain relatively low amounts of Vitamin C as well as a several other antioxidant compounds. The fiber content, while less than in most other fruits, helps regulate bowel movements and may thus reduce the risk of colon cancer. Apples may also help with heart disease, weight loss and controlling cholesterol - they do not have any cholesterol, they have fiber, which reduces cholesterol by preventing reabsorption, and are bulky for their caloric content like most fruits and vegetables.
Magnification*: x80
Type: SEM
Copyright 2008 Dennis Kunkel Microscopy, Inc.
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