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Posting a different fruit every day until I obtain a Crypt head - Pac_Man Edition

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Welcome to spooky month everybody!

October 1st, Day 139: Ziziphus mauritiana (fruit)

Fruit Info: Also known as the Chinese date or Indian Jujube, this fruit is belived to have originated in the Indo-Malaysian region of southeast Asia. Nowadays, it has spread from the southern regions of Africa, to many pacific islands, to most everywhere between. The fruit itself is eaten fresh, pickled, or used in beverages. It is incredibly rich in vitamin C, far surpassing citrus fruits and apples. Only guava has managed to surpass this fruit’s vitamin C content.

Fruit Tier: A
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You want more Ziziphus you said? Well you're in luck!

October 2nd, Day 140: Ziziphus lotus (fruit)

Fruit Info: Native to the Mediterranean region, the fruit here is among the candidates for the actual fruit referenced in the odyssey as the lotus. I haven’t seen anything on these having the same apathy inducing powers as the Lotus Eaters gained from them, but ill let you know when I chase one down and eat it. The temple of Vulcan in Rome also had one of these that was supposedly planted by Romulus himself. Neat!

Fruit Tier: S because it has even more potential connections to legend than I listed here.

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October 3rd, Day 141: Ziziphus mucronate (fruit)

Fruit Info: Native to southern Africa, the fruit of this plant is apparently not very tasty, but certainly still has its uses. Several species of animals use them as food, and the Ovambo people use the fruit to distill ombike, a traditional liquor. The seeds can also be used as a substitute for coffee beans.

Fruit Tier: B

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October 4th, Day 142: Ziziphus rugosa (fruit)

Fruit Info: Native to hills less than 1400 meters in regions of Asia, these fruits are collected as food and as a commodity in some regions of India. That’s about all that Wikipedia really has to say about these guys.

Fruit Tier: D

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Is Ziziphus week over already?!? Well here’s the last one of our little theme lately. For now anyways.

October 5th, Day 143: Ziziphus oneoplia

Fruit Info: This fruit is native to India, southern China, southeast Asia, and northern Australia. About all Wikipedia had to say about the fruit was, and I quote, “The berries are edible and the bark is used for tanning”. Apparently, the rest of the plant can have some medicinal uses though.

Fruit Tier: D

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October 6th, Day 144: Walnut

Fruit Info: While eaten like one, botanically speaking the walnut isn’t actually a nut at all. The one you’re familiar with is actually a seed from a larger fruit. In uses unrelated to eating, walnuts have been used to create ink used by various historic figures including Leonardo da Vinci.

Fruit Tier: B

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(it's still technically the 6th somewhere on earth, shut up)
 
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October 7th, Day 145: Almond

Fruit Info: We’re continuing on in my new series that I will be calling “That’s no nut… that’s a drupe!”. A drupe, for those of you who don’t know (and you should be ashamed of yourself), is “an indehiscent fruit in which an outer fleshy part (exocarp, or skin, and mesocarp, or flesh) surrounds a single shell (the pit, stone, or pyrene) of hardened endocarp with a seed (kernel) inside.”. Today we have the almond, which as you may have guessed, is not actually a nut! Much like the walnut, the almond you’re probably most familiar with is just the seed of a drupe. Now you can impress your friends with your amazing drupe knowledge!

Fruit Tier: C Their only redeeming aspect is it’s pretty healthy, I guess.

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October 8th, Day 146: Coffee arabica

Fruit Info: Coffee is no "bean" or "nut" it's a type of drupe! Arabica is believed to be the first species of coffee every cultivated, way back in 1699 (ah yes the gold old days of my teenage years). Nowadays it is estimated as making up 60% of the worlds coffee production. Truly as masterpiece of nature, this plant has made an entire species dependent on its existence, just so they can deal with another day of Darrel's nonsense, I swear to god he's so anonying, one of these days I'll quit, i just have to wait until the mortgage comes through and uh... that's right coffee!

Fruit Tier: S They are the only reason Crypt has the energy to fix Loka anymore


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October 9th, Day 147: Areca Nut (also called the Betel Nut)

Fruit Info: Once again we have another type of drupe horribly misclassified as a nut. This is no mere nut, it is the seed from the Areca Palm's fruit. This fruit is technically edible but you'd probably be better off not chowing down on them. They're carcinogenic so they have been linked to many cases of throat and mouth cancers. They also have been noted as causing psychosis through their nicotine-like main active ingredient.

Fruit Tier: A I appreciate it's commitment to being different from these other fruits.

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October 10th, Day 148: Pistachio

Fruit Info: Much like our other fruits lately, the psitachio is commonly mistaken as a nut despite being a drupe. Additionally it plays an important role in the timeline. At once point a mutated pistachio got flung through time back to 1965 where he started to take over the world by replacing humans with pistachios. Ultimately he was defeated by a group of kids, a brilliant scientist, a sci-fi writer, and two time traveling pistachio preservation specialists. They also taste pretty good roasted tbh.

Fruit Tier: C

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October 11th, Day 149: Pecan

Fruit Info: Today’s fruit is also technically a drupe I think, but I’ll admit I’m not 100% certain. Pecans are native to northern Mexico and the southern United States. They are used in recipes such as praline candy and pecan pie.

Fruit Tier: A (yum pie)

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October 13th, Day 151: Crookneck Squash

Fruit Info: Marked by the distinctive curved shape, it's easy to understand where today's fruit got it's name. The Crookneck squash has a sweet interior hiding behind that bumpy yellow outside. Make sure not to get it confused with it's winter-time cousin though, he doesn't like feeling overshadowed.

Fruit Tier: D Squash is bad, change my mind

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October 14th, Day 152: Japanese Pie Pumpkin

Fruit Info: A relative of the crookneck squash, this fruit's plant is highly edible. "What do you mean highly edible?" I hear you ask. Worry not child, for Pac of Man has all answers. In addition to the fruit itself, the seeds, the shoots, the stem, the seeds, and even the fruit when it's not ripe are all edible on this bad boy. It apparently has some medicinal properties too, but those are just kinda meh I guess.

Fruit Tier: C ( I pick random colors for these tiers if you haven't noticed )

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October 15th, Day 153: Butternut Squash

Fruit Info: The butternut squash is definitely one of the most popular forms of squash out there to eat. It is rich in vitamin A and vitamin C, so in that regard its pretty good for you. It has a variety of culinary uses including breads, pies, soups, beverages and more. Overall it's quite the useful fellow.

Fruit Tier: E It tastes bad and you'll never convince me otherwise.

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October 16th, Day 154: Black Seed Squash

Fruit Info: Like most species of squash/gourd this one is grown from a climbing vine. But despite being closely related to so many other kinds of squash, it has significant biochemical differences that prevent easy hybridization between them. It also has a lot of different names so I expect you to be able to recognize all of those for the test tomorrow.

Fruit Tier: C


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October 17th, Day 155: Hubbard Squash

Fruit Info: This is our last squash for a little while, and a representative of our last major group of widely cultivated squashes. The Hubbard Squash comes in on the larger side at anywhere from 5 to 15 pounds. This chonky boi also has a hard layer outside that serves quite well to protect it, and to keep us from getting to the good stuff. If you manage to get inside it though, you'll be treated to a potential pumpkin substitute for a lot of foods. Just don't use it like that though, because squash are bad.

Fruit Tier: D

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