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March 24, 2004|by KATE COLEMAN

katec@herald-mail.com

More than 2,500 varieties of apples are grown in the United States. More than 7,500 apple varieties are grown throughout the world, according to information on the University of Illinois Extension Web site at www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/apples.

Still looking for something different? Something wild? A little more exotic?

You can find many out-of-the-ordinary delectables in the fruit and vegetable section of your hometown supermarket.

Note: To prevent food-borne illness, food safety experts advise washing fruits and vegetables with a clean produce brush. Even though you don't eat the rind, you risk contamination because the knife blade has to pass through the rind on its way to the fruit.

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