Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsBiology · 2 months ago

How did orange trees evolve that flavor?

Update:

or any fruit, really? Why does most of it taste so delicious?

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  • 2 months ago

    The orange is a hybrid between two other citrus species.

    Humans found these hybrids, and, because they were much better tasting than the two parental species, propagated the heck out of them.

    So, yeah, orange trees didn't evolve that flavor on their own.  It was humans selecting for the flavor that made them what they are today.

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  • 2 months ago

    The more sugar the plant makes and stuffs into its fruit, the more attractive the fruit is to animals, so the greater the chance that it'll get eaten and so have its seeds spread. Therefore, more sugar = more offspring. This is balanced by the fact that sugar requires a lot of energy to make.

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  • NONAME
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    according to evolution...it was random luck..an apple could be the mutated ugly version of a lemon...like a baby born so ugly you want to put it out of its misery...well thats how we got everything on earth

    • Bulldog redux
      Lv 7
      1 month agoReport

      According to NONAME, you'll believe any bs that I just make up in my head.

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  • k w
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    YHVH knows, I don't, science don't.....

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  • cmac'm
    Lv 5
    2 months ago

    The produce on this planet is delicious.

    Sweet things are desirable to most animals- the animals would eat the ones that tasted good and spread the seeds around after they move through the digestive system.

    The better they taste, the more they would be spread around.

    But what is taste?

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  • Rick
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    the tree grows fruit for the birds that spread its seeds ...............

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