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  • Tara Borman

    This African Fruit Produces the World’s Most Intense Natural Color. The tiny, rock-hard fruits of Pollia condensata, a wild plant that grows in the forests of Ethiopia, Mozambique, Tanzania and other African countries, can’t be eaten raw, cooked or turned into a beverage. In Western Uganda & elsewhere, though, the plant’s small metallic fruits have long been used for decorative purposes because of an unusual property:They stay a vibrant blue color for years-even decades after they've been picked

  • Camino Nomada

    The world’s most intense natural color comes from an African fruit, the blue berries of Pollia condensata, a wild plant that grows in East Africa. It uses an uncommon structural coloration method to produce the most intense natural color ever measured. Instead of pigments, the fruit’s brilliant blue results from nanoscale-size cellulose strands layered in twisting shapes, which which interact with each other to scatter light in all directions.

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