Fruit: we humans think it's the very definition of nature's bounty, and ever since that first forbidden apple fruit has been considered luscious and desirable. But fruit isn't here to please or tempt us, instead we animals are here to serve it. Wolfgang Stuppy and Rob Kesseler's book Fruit: Edible, Inedible, Incredible reveals the host of clever tricks fruiting plants have developed to spread their seeds, including enticements, disguise, and aerodynamic engineering.
The book also revels in the "bewildering diversity" of fruit through photos stitched together from scanning electron microscope images. The fruit of the scarlet pimpernel plant, shown here, opens with a neatly hinged lid. Passing animals snag on the stiff outgrowth at the tip of the lid, which triggers the spilling of seeds.