X-Ray That Cabbage


Courtesy of Inside Insides

Meghan Keane, PRK Guest Contributor

Cutting into a fruit or vegetable is predictable. Every apple has the same seeds in the same places, nothing surprising. But the blog “Inside insides” is taking a surprising look at produce in a completely different way: through the lens of an MRI scan.  You’re probably thinking…what? what?  But just take a look at the celery above.

Well, here are more details about that Pink Lady apple in your lunch bag. These magnetic resonance images show fruit and vegetables blossoming on repeat, making the average stalk of broccoli seem suddenly mysterious.

The watermelon image is particularly captivating, with its seeds growing out of curly cue vines and blinking like little grey and white Christmas lights.

The hypnotizing image gives you a whole new (and perhaps slightly more compassionate) way to look at your food when you’re chopping and dicing.

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Associate Producer, Here & Now Most recently, Jessica worked as an associate producer at WBUR's daily local program, Radio Boston. Jessica moved to Boston in 2008 and has lived many places since leaving her native Texas. After graduating from college, Jessica worked as a federal employee, documentary film festival producer, oral historian, university teaching assistant, traveling saleswoman and klezmer musician. Her work and projects have appeared in The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, Bust, Barnard Magazine, National Public Radio, Public Radio International (PRI), and the BBC. Jessica's freelance radio work has received various awards including accolades from the Religion Newswriters Association and the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. As a Fulbright Scholar in El Salvador, Jessica collected and studied oral histories from the Jewish Community based in San Salvador. Jessica received her B.A. in political science from Columbia University’s Barnard College and her M.A. in history from Indiana University. She learned how to make radio from the phenomenal folks at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. Jessica lives in Somerville with her husband, twin son and daughter, and two cats. To learn more about Jessica’s projects, both current and past, please visit www.jessicaalpert.com.

2 thoughts on “X-Ray That Cabbage

  1. carola

    wonderful, magic images!!! loved them all!! thanks for sharing…

    (just one quick note, the one reproduced here is celery, not cabbage)

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