Classifying Fruit

Nolen Cooper, Reporter

Many fruits are labeled as berries are not actually berries, yet bananas are berries. So what makes a fruit a fruit, and more importantly what makes a fruit citrus, berry, stone fruit or drupe.

“Strawberries should not be called that if they aren’t berries, maybe it’s easier but it also false,” senior Jory Spiroff said. 

True berries are simple fruits stemming from one flower with one ovary and typically have several seeds. Believe it or not, bananas have seeds they are just so small that people typically can see them. This is what makes bananas a berry, furthermore this classifies tomatoes, pomegranates, avocados and kiwis as berries as well. 

“Bananas aren’t berries, you can’t change my mind, junior Savana Westoff said. 

However this leaves blueberries and strawberries as aggregate fruit, that definitely aren’t berries.

“I think this is really cool, and surprisingly interesting that a banana is a berry but strawberries aren’t,” junior Wyatt Allen said. 

Strawberries are not considered berries because they are derived from a singular flower that has more than one ovary, this is an aggregate fruit. More aggregate fruits are raspberries and blueberries.