The Disappointingly Mundane Reason Behind Mutant Freak "Double Cherries"

The Disappointingly Mundane Reason Behind Mutant Freak "Double Cherries"

Emma Christensen
Jun 5, 2013

Perhaps you reached into the cherry bowl recently and did a double-take at the doubled-up cherry you found in your hand. These cherries — two whole cherries joined like Siamese twins and sharing a single stem — aren't weird mutants or products of a cloning experiment gone awry. Disappointing, at least little, isn't it? Here's what actually causes them...

They're just under a lot of stress. Double cherries happen whenever the cherries trees come under stress, usually from hot temperatures early in fruiting season or from lack of water. In either case, the cherry tree pushes out extra seeds on existing stems as way of continuing to reproduce under the stressful environmental condition.

These doubled cherries are completely normal and perfectly fine to eat. I say double the cherry just means double the love.

(Image: Emily Ho)

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