, a fruit
is a part of a flowering plant
that derives from specific tissues
of the flower
, one or more ovaries
and in some cases accessory tissues. Fruits are the means by which
these plants disseminate seeds. Many of them that bear edible fruits, in
particular, have propagated with the movements of humans
and animals in a symbiotic relationship
as a means for seed dispersal
, respectively; in fact, humans and many animals have become dependent on fruits as a source of food.
Fruits account for a substantial fraction of the world's agricultural
output, and some (such as the apple and the pomegranate
) have acquired extensive cultural and symbolic meanings.