Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Endocarp'
n : the hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some
fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that
contains the seed; "you should remove the stones from
prunes before cooking" [syn: stone, pit]
- Endocarp \En"do*carp\, n. [Endo- + Gr. ? fruit: cf. F.
The inner layer of a ripened or fructified ovary.
Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Endocarp'
Fruit anatomy is the internal structure of fruit, the mature ovary or ovaries from one or more flowers. In fleshy fruits, the outer and often edible layer is the pericarp, which is the tissue that develops from the ovary wall of the flower and surrounds the seeds. Some edible "vegetables" such as the cucumber, squash, and tomatoes are actually botanical fruits. In some seemingly pericarp fruits the edible portion is not derived from the ovary, for example in Ackee the edible portion is an aril, and in pineapple several tissues from the flower and the stem are involved.
Fruits come in three main anatomical categories:
In berries and drupes, the pericarp forms the edible tissue around the seeds. In accessory fruits, other tissues develop into the edible portion of the fruit instead, for example the receptacle of the flower in apples and strawberries.[See more about Endocarp at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]