The Apple Blossom

Each flower has 5 white to pink petals, 5 sepals, 20 stamens (male), and a pistil (female) divided into 5 styles, each with 2 ovules.

In late spring, after the blossoms are pollinated, the petals drop off and a small apple begins to form.  The apple grows in size throughout the summer.  During the last few weeks before harvest the cells in the fruit swell with water and starch is converted to sugar.  The chemical that causes the astringent taste of unripe apples is absorbed.  Air spaces develop between the cells; some varieties have more air spaces than others.  Those with a lot of air spaces have white flesh, those with more densely packed cells have a yellowish flesh.