Strawberries Are Not Berries

Many of the foods we think of casually as fruits, such as rhubarb (of which we eat the leaf stalks), are not fruits at all, and many of our favorite “vegetables” actually fit the definition of fruit, such as the tomato.

As a subcategory of fruits, berries are yet another story. A berry is a a fruit that does not split apart at maturity which is derived from a single ovary and having the whole wall fleshy. Berries are not all tiny, and they’re not all sweet. Surprisingly, eggplants, tomatoes, bananas and avocados are botanically classified as berries! And the popular strawberry is not a berry at all.

Botanists call the strawberry a “false fruit,” a pseudocarp. A strawberry is actually a multiple fruit which consists of many tiny individual fruits embedded in a fleshy receptacle. The brownish or whitish specks, which are commonly considered seeds, are the true fruits, called achenes, and each of them surrounds a tiny seed.

These achenes also make strawberries relatively high in fiber. According to the Wellness Encyclopedia of Food and Nutrition, one-half cup of strawberries supplies more fiber than a slice of whole wheat bread, and more than 70 percent of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C.

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12 thoughts on “Strawberries Are Not Berries

  1. Ambrosial says:

    I once heard on TV that Strawberries are actually derived from flowers not berries! I don’t know how eggplants can be classified as berries, this is just weird! This CHANGES EVERYTHING I KNOW ABOUT FOOD! (exaggerated a little bit didn’t I ?!) lol ;p

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  4. nadia says:

    i love picking up random bits of knowledge like this ..didnt know about the avocado and bananas. verry interesting .. two of my favorite berries

  5. Babble says:

    Thank you for a very informative post! I knew about the tomato bes I didn’t know about the strawberry! thanks! :)

  6. I knew strawberry isnt a berry but eggplant and banana! Whaaat.Thats like someone told me We live on moon. Alright bad one but u knw what i mean right :)

  7. str0yr says:

    Actually, bananas are part of the Musa genus of plants which is a herbaceous variety. Bananas are classified as herbs, not berries.

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