Basically, this is what I would love to know for a fic: Does fruit die when you pick it, the way at least some flowers die? Are the apples or bananas or whatever we buy in the supermarket dead, or just, uh, dying slowly? Is a fruit dead when it rots, the way a corpse rots when a person or animal dies?
I'm not sure if this is the weirdest thing that's been posted here recently, but I'm sure it's right up there. Nevertheless, I would be grateful for any thoughts on the subject.
Thank you very much.
EDIT: I am amazed, truly, and grateful. I never expected such a diversity of thought on the topic, or that so many people would be kind enough to turn their minds to it. It's actually a bit embarrassing that I just want it for a very simple scene, rather than an entire story. But your information was so good, I'm thinking of ways to use this for an original novel. Thank you all again.