Berry terminology

Berry in botany is a type of fruit that has a thin skin, juicy flesh and many seeds inside.

Berries include strawberries, blackberries, garden strawberries, cherries, sweet cherries and raspberries, the fruits of which are not really berries

In everyday life, we used to call a berry any small fruit with pulp (regardless of its botanical classification of fruit type). That is why the berries usually include strawberries, blackberries, garden strawberries, cherries, sweet cherries and raspberries, the fruits of which are not really berries.

According to the botanical classification:

  • cherry and sweet cherry fruit is a stone fruit;
  • fruit of raspberries and blackberries is a complex stone;
  • strawberry and garden strawberry fruit – multi-nut (strawberry);
  • mulberry fruit – multiple fruit.

 

The real berries are fruits of:

  • currants;
  • blueberries;
  • red currents;
  • great bilberry;
  • gooseberries;
  • grapes;
  • cranberries;
  • cowberries.

Scientists have identified a separate fruit – pumpkin fruit, which, although similar in structure to the berry, but has a much harder shell and more seeds

Berries are not only small: they can be large. These include tomato, eggplant, kiwi and even bananas. For example, inside the bananas there are small grains (they are especially noticeable in wild bananas).

According to the most famous botanist of Ukraine, popularizer of science Oleksii Kovalenko, watermelon has not been considered a berry since 1967. It was then that scientists have identified a separate fruit – pumpkin fruit, which, although similar in structure to the berry, but has a much harder shell and more seeds. So from now on the largest berry is papaya.