When I mention the word “fruits”, what do you think of first—apples, pears, bananas? The majority of people usually think of apples or pears first. Does anyone ever think of berries? They’re colorful, tasty, tangy and sweet, and are so healthy for you.
We’re digging into the berry patch (not the brier path). We’ll find many different kinds of berries, some you’ll be familiar with and others you may not have even heard of. In our journey, we’ll learn just how healthy berries are for you; and some we will look at from afar–the poisonous ones.
If we were to give a general definition of “berries”, we’d say they are fruits that have a juicy pulp surrounding the seed or seeds. But there are some berries, Blueberries, Black, Red and White Currants, referred to as true berries because the pulp surrounds the seeds.
Without getting too technical and staying very basic in our understanding of fruits/berries, we find that aggregate fruits are those that develop when several ovaries separate from a single flower. Those that develop from only one ovary are called simple fruits. Now “aggregate fruits” include Raspberries, Dewberries, and Blackberries because they are made up of lots of little fruits. The “strawberry” is categorized differently because the strawberry is actually a part of the flower that becomes the berry and the seeds are on the skin, on the outside. As we look at the many varieties, you’ll see the differences more clearly. Stay tuned, and in the meantime, enjoy a nice healthy, fresh berry salad.