The berry dilema

I've known this for a while now, but it still bothers me. Most of the fruits we know and love are actually berries! I'm sorry if you didn't know. I just ripped away your childhood innocence.

Now when we think of berry, the first things that come to mind are: strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries, right? Well, we're all wrong! Apparently, a strawberry isn't even a berry! It's considered an "accessory fruit" or "aggregate fruit". Like, what the heck is an aggregate fruit?! But before we get into whatever a strawberry really is, we first need to define what a berry is. "In scientific terminology, a berry is a fruit produced from the ovary of a single flower in which the outer layer of the ovary wall develops into an edible fleshy portion" (Wikipedia). Yeah I just took that definition from Wikipedia. Real berries include: blueberries, cranberries, bananas, tomatoes, grapes, eggplants, persimmons, watermelons, pumpkins, potatoes, avocados, coconuts, peaches, oranges, and lemons.

An aggregate fruit "is a fruit that develops from the merger f several ovaries that were separate in a single flower" (Wikipedia). Thanking Wikipedia once again! Non-berry fruits include: raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, and some others that are insignificant. Scientists or botanists or whoever categorizes fruits, basically sidelined my favorite fruit! I'm not sure if I'm more pissed off about a banana being a berry and a strawberry not, or at the person who named strawberry strawBERRY. YOU HAD ONE JOB!

Another fun fact, most citrus fruits are considered to be berries as well. That's why oranges and lemons, etc. are considered to be part of the berry family. I have lemon & lime and avocado trees in my backyard! And all this time I had no idea they were berries! I think the only thing keeping me happy is the fact that blueberry is the only fruit that is what it claims to be.

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