Apr 072014
 
Cherry Tree

Cherry Tree grows quick! Photo by Suat Eman/freedigitalphotos.net

A cherry tree pit (seed) not only survived a trip to space and back, but now is growing at an astronomical speed here on earth. Cherry pits normally take about ten years to blossom.

The repercussions of this accelerated growth could either be a miracle to the hunger crisis or a looming health disaster waiting to happen in the future.

Five years ago, an astronaut took 265 cherry pits on a space journey. When the pits were brought back to earth, a botanist was able to nurture one to sprout. Instead of taking years to bloom, the surprising result was that the space cherry tree only took five years to bloom.

This is less than half the time of normal cherry tree pits!

 

Additionally noted, the cherry tree sponsor (parent tree) has approximately 30 petals, but the space cherry tree buds have only five.

Cherry stone went to space, now the tree that grew from it is acting very weird

Is this something new? Not quite. Crew members aboard the International Space Station have been growing vegetables for years in their “space garden.” It has not been reported if they consumed the space fruit, yet. The experiments NASA is presently conducting could take up to 20 years.

A space station study is helping investigators develop procedures and methods that allow astronauts to grow and safely eat space-grown vegetables. The experiment also is investigating another benefit of growing plants in space: the non-nutritional value of providing comfort and relaxation to the crew. NASA

Now, I am as far as you can be from being an astrophysicist; I am lucky if I can guess where the Big Dipper is in the sky, but I have reservations on the new cherry tree accelerated growth.

I believe the molecular changes that occurred to the cherry pit while in space may be dangerous for human consumption. I could be wrong, what do you think?