Berries are always a yummy, healthy snack, but what exactly is a berry? When you think of berries, you probably think of small, squishy fruit that can be picked off bushes or vines. However, scientifically speaking, a berry is a fruit that forms from the ovary of a single flower with a seed, or multiple seeds, inside of the fruit.
Surprisingly, this means that while we often refer to strawberries, raspberries and blackberries as berries, they are actually aggregate fruits. Aggregate fruits develop from multiple ovaries of the same flower that join together. Read the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture’s blog post to learn more.