Is a Strawberry a Berry?

Is a Strawberry a Berry?

Did you know that strawberries are not true berries? They are a specialized form of fruit known as an “aggregate accessory fruit.” Technically, each “seed” on the outside of a strawberry is a separate ovary or fruit with a seed inside of it. The red part of the strawberry that we think of as a berry is botanically called a “receptacle,” which for many flowers is the thickened portion of stem below the flower that supports the ovary. Other than occasionally getting strawberry “seeds” caught in their teeth, few gardeners pay much attention to them, as strawberries are normally propagated from runners or by division to preserve varietal characteristics.

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