| 12.4°C Dublin

Nameless new fruit to be put on shop shelves

A FRUIT so new it is yet to be named, but described as a pear disguised as an apple, is to go on sale next week.

Marks and Spencer (M&S) said 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.

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, the retailer said.

T109 will be available in M&S stores from next week priced at £1 (€1.24) each.

Daily Digest Newsletter

Get ahead of the day with the morning headlines at 7.30am and Fionnán Sheahan's exclusive take on the day's news every afternoon, with our free daily newsletter.

This field is required

Most Watched