What is a Berry? - Blueberry, Raspberry, Cranberry, Tomato

Some fruit-full definition here today. A berry defined in botany (a study of plants) is a fruit in which the plant's entire ovary wall ripens into edible outside layer or skin. The seeds are embedded in the flesh of the ovary. Interesting to know, and to point out, according to this definition, the tomato is a berry and the strawberry is not. Oranges and lemons are modified form of berry called a hesperidium. In every day language, a berry is referred to all small, edible fruit that has multiple seeds. Enjoy your berries every day because of their amazing nutritional value.

Berry Grower's CompanionThe Backyard Berry Book: A Hands-On Guide to Growing Berries, Brambles, and Vine Fruit in the Home GardenBerries


  1. I still have a hard time to make a difference of those. To me it´s more about their size. Blueberry and strawberry are berries because they are small but tangerine is big enough to be a fruit. That is at least some kind of logic.

  2. Reminds me of my botany class in college!


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