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Fruit Recipes for Homemade Baby Food
It's so simple to make your own Fruit Baby Food and Baby Food Fruit Purees


Fresh and Simple Fruit Recipes for Homemade Baby Food

Try these simple and tasty fruit baby food recipes. Your baby will love the taste of fresh fruits and you will love how quick and easy it is to make these fruit recipes.

A word about cooking fruits for baby - Most pediatric sources recommend cooking fruits that will be fed to an infant until that infant is about 8 months old. Bananas and avocado are a few of the exceptions. For infants who start solids prior to 6 months old, cooking fruits is really a good idea. Cooking fruits breaks them down thus enabling easier digestion in an immature tummy. An older baby will be better able to handle the fibers and sugars of raw fruits than will the baby who is younger and just starting on solids.

Apples/Applesauce babies age 4 to 6 months old
(Use Gala, Braeburn, Rome or Macs)
Vitamins: A, C, Folate 
Minerals: Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium

This recipe is written so that you may use any amount of apples you wish. We recommend Fuji, Gala, Braeburn or Macintosh

Directions:

1. Peel, core and cut apple into slices/chunks
2. Place slices or chunks into a pan with just enough water to slightly cover apples and boil/steam until tender; be sure to check on the water level and stir
3. Apples may be mashed with a potato masher to achieve a smooth applesauce consistency. If your masher will not achieve a puree type of consistency, then follow steps below:

4. Reserve any left over water to use for thinning out the apples
5. Place into your choice of appliance for pureeing and begin pureeing.
6. Add the reserved water as necessary to achieve a smooth, thin puree - add cereal (if desired) to thicken.Ask your pediatrician about adding some cinnamon for new tastes.

 

time saver baby food applesauceYou may also buy an "Adult" jar of Natural applesauce from your local grocers. Make sure you buy Natural Applesauce however. Read the labels if you are unsure. The only ingredients should be apples and water or just apples. A few companies may add ascorbic acid (vitamin C) or citric acid to their Natural Applesauce; this is fine.

If your baby is constipated, you might also use the juice that is leftover from the cooking to mix into cereals, or with water in a bottle or sippy cup.

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note about thinning puree You may use breast milk or formula to thin out any puree instead of water. Learn more at Thinning Baby Purees

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Avocado (yes, avocado is a fruit.) babies age 4 to 6 months old
Vitamins: A, C, Niacin, Folate 
Minerals: Potassium, Phosphorus, Iron, Magnesium, Calcium

1 ripe avocado

Directions:

Peel and take out the pit of a ripe avocado - do not cook
Cut “meat” out and mash with a fork
There should be no need to use a machine as just like bananas, avocados have a very soft consistency and texture. Avocados do not need to be cooked.

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How to Select an Avocado - When selecting an Avocado, you want a dark green color with bumpy texture. The fruit should be firm yet yielding when gently pushed. When an avocado is sliced in half, the flesh color should be a green that gently transforms into a buttery yellow around the pit. Visit our Avocado Topic for more recipes and information

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Apple ‘Cado (4)6-8months+ babies age 4 to 6 months old

Ingredients:

1/2 of a peeled and pitted avocado
1/4 cup applesauce

Directions:

Mash the avocado half.
Mix mashed avocado with applesauce (homemade or natural) and serve.

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Bananas 4 to 6 months
Vitamins: A, C, Folate 
Minerals: Potassium, Phosphorus, Selenium, Magnesium, Calcium

1 ripe banana

Directions:

1. Peel ripe banana - do not cook
2. Place banana in a food processor/food mill or blender and puree
You can also mash the banana in a bowl using a regular fork – heat in microwave for 25 seconds prior to mashing for extra softness
Add formula/breast milk or water to thin or add cereal (if desired) to thicken up.

Bananas and banana puree may be frozen. Using a bit of lemon juice will help to prevent the browning of a banana (and most other fruits) when freezing it. It is the citric acid or the ascorbic acid that aids in the preservation of fruits. The exposure to oxygen and the enzymes in a banana (and most other fruits) are what cause it to go from green to yellow, and then brown to black, as it ripens. A blackish or brownish banana is not necessarily rotten or bad.

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Banana Applesauce Mush4 to 6 months

Ingredients:

2 apples (gala, braeburn or mac)
1 ripe banana

Directions:

1. Peel, core and cut apples into slices/chunks.
2. Place slices or chunks into a pan with just enough water to slightly cover apples
3. Boil until tender; be sure to check on the water level.
Apples may be mashed with a potato masher to achieve a smooth applesauce consistency or you can puree in a blender or food processor.
4. Peel a ripe banana and mash in a bowl with a fork (heating in the microwave for approximately 20 seconds will soften the banana up if needed).
Add applesauce to the banana and sprinkle with wheat germ* or crushed cheerios*
Puree if necessary but mashing with a potato masher will typically get this mix smooth
*8months+

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Banana ‘Cado 4 to 6 months

Ingredients:

1/2 of a peeled and pitted avocado
1 small ripe banana

Directions:

Mash the avocado half and mash the banana
Mix mashed avocado with banana & serve

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Pears babies age 4 to 6 months old
Vitamins: A, C, Folate 
Minerals: Potassium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Calcium

Ingredients:

2 ripe pears (Bartlett, Red or Comice)

Directions: Steam gently until tender if baby is between 4-6 months old otherwise peel & mash - removing the seed portion
Peel and cut into chunks so as to avoid the little seed portion.

Or

Cut the pears in half (no need to peel unless your little one has issues with digestion) and cut out the seed/core portion then dice the pear halves. Peel and cut into chunks so as to avoid the little seed portion.

Bring 1 cup of water to a boil in a shallow pot with a steamer basket insert.
Add the pears to the steamer basket in the pot and then steam until soft and tender.

You may also add the pear dices to wee bit of boiling water and steam them this way if you do not have a steamer basket.   Using a scant amount of water ensures that you are not boiling them.

Place in a blender/food processor and puree until smooth. You may be able to just use a fork too.

Use the leftover cooking water if needed but Pears tend to be very runny and watery without adding liquid.  Add some baby cereal to thicken if needed.

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Apples & Pears4 to 6 months

Ingredients:

1 apple – cored & peeled
1 pear – cored & peeled

Directions:

Dice apple & pear and simmer together until tender. Mash or puree as needed.

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Baked Apples 6 to 8 months old

Macintosh Apples - any number you desire

Directions:

1. Core apple and leave peel on
2. Place a wee bit of butter (if baby is ready for or has had dairy) on the inside of the cored apple (sprinkle a bit of cinnamon in the apple if your desire and if baby is ready for or has had cinnamon)
3. Place in a pan with just enough water to slightly cover apples – about an inch of water
4. Bake in a 400-degree oven for 30 minutes or until tender; be sure to check on the water level.
5. Once baked, either cut apple into little bits and serve as a finger food or mash as directed above in the Apples/Applesauce recipe.

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Apple Peach Banana 6 to 8 months old

Ingredients:

1 peach – pit & peel
1 apple – cored & peeled
½ ripe banana
1/4 cup of water

Directions:

1. Dice apple & peach and simmer together in a small pot with water until tender.

2. Mash the banana into the apple & peach mix and then puree as needed.

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Apricot Puree 6 to 8 months old
(using dried, un-sulphured apricots)
Vitamins: A, C, Folate 
Minerals: Potassium, Phosphorus, Calcium

Ingredients:

1 pound dried apricots

2 c. white grape juice or apple juice. Plain water is ok but the puree may be a bit bitter. Some babies actually like a bitter taste however. Consider using ½ water or ½ juice if you disagree with the juices or if baby cannot have juice. You can always mix in another fruit such as peaches or bananas and leave out the juice entirely.

Directions:

1. Bring liquid and fruit to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes.
2. Reserve any left over liquid to use for the puree
3. Place into your choice of appliance for pureeing and begin pureeing.
4. Add the reserved liquid as necessary to achieve a smooth, thin puree or
5. Add cereal (if desired) to thicken up
6. Note: puree will not freeze solid, but into slightly soft/slightly frozen cubes.

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juice for baby? Are you wondering about Juice for Your Baby? Read our article to find out about juice and the role it may or may not play in a baby's diet.

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Mango* Creamy Puree 6 to 8 months baby
Vitamins: A (1262 IU in one cup.), C, E, K, Folate 
Minerals: Potassium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Calcium, Sodium

If your infant is currently not eating yogurt and/or you do not wish to use any juice, simply peel, de-seed and mash the mango with some water until the proper consistency for Your Infant is achieved.

Ingredients:

1 Ripe Mango
Plain or Vanilla Yogurt OR
Water, Apple or Pear Juice

Directions:

Peel, seed and mash mango until smooth -
Add Yogurt or Water or Juice until the proper consistency for Your Infant is achieved.

*Mango does not need to be cooked as it is typically introduced at an age where baby can tolerate raw fruits. Mango may be steamed to tender and then mashed if you prefer without harming it. HINT. You may use mango as a great Baby Finger Foods. Simply peel, de-seed and then cut into dices or chunks that are manageable for your baby. You may wish to coat the mango pieces with "cheerio dust", wheat germ or another cereal "dust" to help baby easily pick up the bits.

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Papaya 6 to 8 months old
Vitamins: A, C, Folate 
Minerals: Potassium, Calcium

Ingredients:

1 ripe papaya

Directions:

To prepare a papaya (ensure it is fully ripened.), peel, de-seed and then mash into a consistency your baby will tolerate.

Some parents who have infants with sensitive tummies will give fruits a gentle steaming to help break down the sugars and fibers for easier digestion. If you feel this is the case for your infant, chunk the papaya and then steam for 5-10 minutes until very soft.

Ideas for serving Papaya to your Baby:

Mash and mix with banana and avocado
Make a Papaya, banana, yogurt smoothie
Mix papaya into chicken and rice for a tropical chicken dinner

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Plums, Peaches and Nectarines too

Plums6 to 8 months old
Vitamins: A, C, Folate 
Minerals: Potassium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Calcium

Ingredients:

5 ripe plums

Directions:

Peel, pit and cut into chunks then steam until tender in a scant amount of water.
Puree using the leftover cooking liquid. You may need to mix in another fruit as plum purée has a tendency to be rather tart and/or bitter.

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Peaches6 to 8 months old
Vitamins: A, C, Folate 
Minerals: Potassium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Calcium

Steam or Bake or Blanch Peaches - these methods work for nectarines, plums and pears as well. We HIGHLY recommend giving baked peaches a try at least once. You will find they are more tasty when baked. Why not try baking for all fruits?

Steam Peaches - Method 1
1. Scrub fruit clean and carve an X into 1 side of the fruit
2. Place X side down in a pan with an inch of water
3. Bring water to a boil and steam until soft and tender
4. Peel skin from fruit and remove pits and/or seeds
5. move to step #6 below

Steam Peaches - Method 2
1. Peel fruit
2. Pit the peach
3. Cut the peach into dices
4. Steam until soft and tender then
5. move to step #6

Bake

1. Halve the fruit and place "open" side down in a pan filled with 1 inch of water
2. Bake at 400F until soft and tender and/or puckering of the skin appears.
3. Peel skin from fruit and remove pits and/or seeds (you may also leave the skin on your baked peaches - the skin may simply melt into the fruit.)
4. move to step #6

"Blanch"

1. Bring 3 or 4 cups of water to a rolling boil
2. Add cleansed peaches or nectarines to the boiling water and boil the fruit for 3-5 minutes
3. Remove fruit to a bowl of cold water, allow to cool for 2 minutes
4. Slip off the skins and then take out the pit
5. move to step #6

Moving to Step 6

6. Reserve any left over water to use for thinning out the fruits
7. Peel off skin if you have not done this already. Place fruit(s) into your choice of appliance for pureeing and begin pureeing.
8. Add the reserved water as necessary to achieve a smooth, thin puree
9. Add cereal (if desired) to thicken up.

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Peachy Mangos 6 to 8 months old

Ingredients:

3 peaches
1 mango

Directions:

1. Peel, pit and cut peaches into chunks
2. Peel, de seed and cut mango into chunks
3. Steam fruits together gently until tender if needed
4. Place in a blender/food processor and puree until smooth or mash with a fork and let baby try to use a spoon or her fingers.

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Plums with Applesauce6 to 8 months old

Ingredients:

2 plums
1 large apple

Directions:

1. Peel, pit and cut plums into chunks
2. Peel, core & dice apple
3. Simmer plums & apple together in a saucepan until soft & tender
Mash or puree as needed – add a splash of apple juice if too bitter

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Prunes babies age 4 to 6 months old6 to 8 months old
Vitamins: A, C, Folate 
Minerals: Potassium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Calcium

Ingredients:

Dried prunes - any amount you desire - try 2 cups full

Directions:

1. Soak dried prunes in warm water until they plump up or steam gently.
2. Once plump and tender, toss into food processor or blender and begin to puree.
3. Add liquid without sparing any. Prunes tend to become a pasty gluey consistency when pureed and the more water you add, the easier it is to puree to a texture your baby will tolerate.

Note: Prune puree, like apricot puree, will not freeze solid, but will freeze into slightly soft/slightly frozen cubes.

Prunes are great to help babies with constipation. Try this for babies from 4 months old +.

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Pumpkin 6 to 8 months old
Vitamins: A (12230 IU in 1 cup.), C, K, Folate, Niacin
Minerals: Potassium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Calcium, Iron

Ingredients:

1 medium sized sugar/baking pumpkin (about 5-7 pounds)

Directions:

1. Cut sugar pumpkin (the kind meant to be baked and eaten.) in half, scoop out seeds
2. Place an inch of water in a baking pan, then place the halves "face" down in the pan. Check on water level while baking
3. Bake in a 375-425 F degree oven for 40 minutes to 1 hour, or until the “shell/skin” puckers and halves feel soft then scoop squash “meat” out of the shell
4. Place pumpkin "meat" into your choice of appliance for pureeing and begin pureeing.
5. Add water as necessary to achieve a smooth, thin consistency.

6. You can also peel the pumpkin, scoop out the seeds and then cut into chunks and boil/steam until tender (like when boiling potatoes for mashed potatoes).

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Pumpkin & Pears 6 to 8 months old

Ingredients

1 ripe pear, peeled & cored & diced

1/2 cup pumpkin puree (fresh or canned)

Directions:

Mash the pear and then mix in the pumpkin – puree if needed.

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Peary Pumpkin Peaches 6 to 8 months old

Ingredients:

½ cup pumpkin puree (fresh or canned)
1 pear, peeled & cored & diced
1peach – peeled, pitted & diced

Directions:

Combine all food (steam pear and peach together if need be) and mash or puree if needed.

time saver pumpkin baby food

 

You may also buy a can of pumpkin from your local grocers. Make sure you buy Pumpkin and NOT Pumpkin Pie mix however. Learn more about Cooking with Pumpkin

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Blueberries** (Read our Blueberry Information page) 8 to 10 months baby
Vitamins: A, C, K, Folate 
Minerals: Potassium, Sodium, Phosphorus, Iron, Magnesium, Calcium

Ingredients:

1/2 pint of blueberries (fresh or frozen)
1/2 c. water

Directions:

1. Bring water to a boil. Add blueberries and simmer for 15 minutes until soft.
2. Reserve liquid and use a slotted spoon to transfer blueberries to
blender/processor/mixer and puree.
3. If needed, add some of the liquid to blueberries.
Add cereal (if desired) to thicken up
*You can save the liquid to serve as juice or to blend in with cereals etc..

Serve raw and pureed or raw and smooshed if preferred.

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Yummy Blueberry Applesauce 8 to 10 months baby

 

Ingredients:

1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
2 medium apples

Directions:

1. Peel, core & dice apples.
2. In a saucepan, add blueberries and apples with 1 cup of water.
3. Bring water to a boil then simmer for 15 minutes until soft.
Puree or mash as needed. Add yogurt or cereal or both for a yummy breakfast, lunch or snack.

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Blueberry Peach Surprise 8 to 10 months baby

Ingredients:

1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
2 peaches
¼ cup oatmeal

Directions:

1. Peel, pit & dice peaches.
2. In a saucepan, add blueberries, oatmeal and peaches with 1 1/2 cup of water.
3. Bring water to a boil then simmer for 15 minutes until soft and oatmeal has absorbed all the liquid. Stir frequently.

Puree or mash as needed. Add yogurt or cereal or both for a yummy breakfast, lunch or snack.
*The color of this will look very icky*

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Blueberry Banana Yogurt 8 to 10 months baby

Ingredients:

1 cup blueberries
1 whole banana
1 cup plain yogurt
2 tablespoons wheat germ

For Babies: Use 1 cup of your already made blueberry puree OR Microwave the blueberries just until the juices start to run, about 30 seconds. Place the banana, yogurt and blueberries in a blender and puree until smooth.

For Toddlers: Slice the banana. Microwave the blueberries just until the juices start to run, about 30 seconds. Place a little yogurt in a dish and top with banana slices, blueberries, wheat germ and serve. This will make 2-3 servings.

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Kiwi 8 to 10 months baby
Vitamins: A, C, K, Folate 
Minerals: Potassium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Calcium

Ingredients:
1 ripe kiwi

Directions:

1. Peel ripe kiwi
2. Puree or mash with a fork - add cereal (if desired) to thicken and achieve a smooth, thin consistency.

Kiwi does not need to be cooked and it should not need to be de-seeded as it is typically introduced at an age where baby can tolerate raw fruits and a bit of texture.

*Kiwi is high in Vitamin C and is also acidic, you may wish to wait to introduce it when baby is 10 months or older. Visit our Kiwi Page for more recipes and information about Kiwi.

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Kiwi Banana Tango 8 to 10 months baby

Ingredients:

1 ripe kiwi – peeled & diced
1/2 ripe banana – peeled
1/2 ripe mango – peeled & diced

Directions:

Mash all fruits together and then blend or puree as needed. Make it Creamy Kiwi Banana Tango by adding yogurt and/or cereal.

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Melons (cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon) 8 to 10 months baby
Vitamins: A, C, K, Folate 
Minerals: Potassium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Calcium

Ingredients:

1/4 cup sliced, soft, seedless melon, rind removed

Directions:

Puree or mash with a fork - add cereal (if desired) to thicken up the melon achieve a smooth, thin consistency. **Melon does not need to be cooked as it is typically introduced at an age where baby can tolerate raw fruits. Melon may be steamed to tender and then mashed if you prefer without harming it.

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More Fun Fruit Baby Food Recipes 8 to 10 months old

 

Fruity-Pops8 to 10 months old

Here are some ideas to get you making healthy teething/ice pops for your older baby or child.

Visit our Introducing Yogurt to Baby page to learn about yogurt in your baby's diet.

Buy Ice Pop Trays and offer these healthy pops to your toddlers and older kids as well.

Cooling Baby Banana Yogurt Pops

Ingredients:

1 cup banana puree (or 2 very ripe bananas)
1 cup plain yogurt

Directions:

Blend and/or puree until you have a smooth liquid

Pour mixture into ice cube trays and freeze until solid. Pop out a cube or 2 and add to a baby safe feeder. Viola. Healthy Baby Pops.

Variations:
Blueberry Yogurt Pops
Peach Yogurt Pops
Papaya Yogurt Pops

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Mango Pops

Ingredients:

3/4 peach nectar or plain water
2 1/2 cups frozen mango pieces
1 16 ounce container of plain yogurt

Directions:

Blend and/or puree until you have a smooth liquid

Pour mixture into ice cube trays and freeze until solid. Pop out a cube or 2 and add to a baby safe feeder. Viola. Baby Pops.

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Apple Ice - Yummy for Toddlers

Ingredients:

5 cups peeled and sliced Granny Smith or Macintosh apples
1 cup water
3/4 cup apple juice (100% juice only.)
1 drip lemon juice

Directions:

1.) In large saucepot, simmer apples, water, and juice until apples are tender -- about 20 minutes. Once tender, transfer to blender or food processor and add 1 drip lemon juice. Puree mixture until smooth

2.) Transfer mixture to large freezable container and freeze until almost solid. Add mixture back to the food processor of blender and puree until chunks break up and mixture is fluffy. Refreeze until firm to make Apple Ice for Toddlers

3) Skip #2 and simply freeze mixture in ice cube trays and then pop out a cube or 2 and add to a baby safe feeder.

**Some babies enjoy holding and manipulating ice cubes on a hot day. If you don't mind the mess, let baby have the "ice pops" while sitting in the highchair**

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Tofu-Fruit Mush

Ingredients:

4oz firm tofu
1 ripe banana, peeled
1/4-cup (frozen) blueberries, peaches or *strawberries
3 tbs of Wheat Germ

Directions:
1. Puree all ingredients in a blender or food processor until a fluffy type texture is achieved.
2. Serve by spoon or spread on toast. This mix is GREAT for learning how to spoon feed. This mix will "cling" to the spoon and help eliminate baby's frustration with food falling off the spoon. You may also freeze this mix and call it "Ice Cream"

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Always consult with your pediatrician about introducing solid foods to your baby Remember, always consult with your pediatrician regarding introducing solid foods to your baby and specifically discuss any foods that may pose allergy risks for your baby.


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