Bananas Are Berries... Wait, What?

Author: Luann Pouliquen  •  Date: February 5, 2019  •  Appears in: Community

Bananas Are Berries... Wait, What?

Ready to have your mind blown and the rug pulled out from under your feet? ...Strawberries, this sweet red symbole of summer, are not classified as berries. However, you will be very surprised by other produces that are technically considered as berries.

So.. What is actually considered as a berry than?

The official definition of a true berry is “a fleshy fruit formed from the ovary of a single flower with a seed, or seeds, embedded on the inside of the flesh." 

 According to the technical definition of a berry,  Here are a few surprising "berries": Avocado, Pumpkin, Tomato, Watermelon, Kiwi...and Banana ! Banana's seeds are so tiny we don't even notice that they're actually there. 

Where Does That Leave Strawberries?

Strawberries and raspberries aren't really berries in the botanical sense! Berries have seeds on the inside of the fruit  and not studded all around the outside of the fruit. So botanically speaking, strawberries don't meet the definition of a berry. Then what are they exactly? Strawberries are actually considered "aggregate fruits", which can be defined as fruits that develop from multiple ovaries of a single fruit. In these fruits, the surrounding flesh around the seed isn’t derived from the fruit’s ovaries but from the receptacle in which the ovaries are found.  When fully developed, these aggregates have merged together into one single fruit. 

 

 

Luann Pouliquen

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Luann is in charge of Soil Mate's social medias. She is passionate about environmental sustainability, Green tech, food security matters, travel and, as any French person, good cheeses.
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