The Clever Root

Spring / Summer 2016

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3 4 | t h e c l e v e r r o o t STORY AND ILLUSTRATION BY JEFF COX Life would not be complete without sun shine masquerading as fruit, better known as a tree-ripened peach. Peaches mean summer, and summer means wonderful stone fruits—all relatives of the peach. e closest relative is the nectarine, which essentially is a fuzzless peach, the result of a chance mutation in a peach flower bud. Nectarines have ap- peared spontaneously on peach trees many times over the 4,000 years since peaches were first cultivated in western China. ANATOMY OF A

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