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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.

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