Strawberry plunge

Picture of a strawberry plunging into the water on a black background. You splashes of water
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Why are strawberries red?
They are made in plants by the combining of a molecule of some type of sugar with a molecule of an “anthocyanidin”. Even though the anthocyanins are brightly colored, their anthocyanidin precursors are colorless, and it’s only when these precursors join with sugar that bright colors appear. This is why strawberries (and other fruits) become so very colorful only during their ripening process, at which time sugars become concentrated in the fruit.


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