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For Sale: Brand New Fruit Called A 'Papple'
A fruit so new it is yet to be named, but described as a pear disguised as an apple, is to go on sale in the UK next week.
Marks and Spencer says the fruit - dubbed a "papple" - looks and tastes like an apple but has the skin and texture of a pear, and is a member of the pear family.
It is being referred to as T109 until its official name is decided, a spokeswoman said.
M&S fruit expert Shazad Rehman said: "This is one of the most exciting new varieties of fruit we have seen for several years.
"We know our customers like to try new and interesting fruit and we hope this will be something they will really enjoy."
The new fruit follows the introduction of the so-called "pineberry" to Waitrose stores in 2010.
The fruit looks like a white strawberry but has flesh tasting of pineapple.
T109 is grown in New Zealand and is a cross between European and Asian pear varieties, which resulted in a fruit similar to an apple.
Mr Rehman said: "It's got a lovely refreshing taste, perfect for snacking on, and a fun alternative to an apple a day."
M&S hopes to grow the pear in the UK from 2015. T109 will be available in M&S stores from next week priced at £1 each.