Fruit Confusion

Everything you thought you knew is a lie.

Fruit Confusion

Jenna Tieskotter, Staff Writer

Fruit is a popular food that everyone loves. There are many different types of fruit, and within fruit there are also berries. This might come as a shock, but there are many foods that are considered fruits that you might not have known of. Going along with that, some foods that you think are considered berries are actually not. There are also foods most don’t think are berries, but actually are. 

By definition, a fruit is a seed-bearing structure formed from flowering plants. Starting off with foods you might not have known were considered fruits—avocado, bell pepper, squash, cucumber, and even pickles are all considered to be fruits because they contain seeds and come from flowering plants. All of these foods follow the definition of a fruit and are considered a part of this food group. 

Now prepare for some mind blowing information: strawberries and raspberries are not considered berries! In a botanical sense, they are considered aggregate fruits but not berries. A true berry is a fruit that grows from a single ovary of a plant. This might be shocking but the following fruits are considered true berries: avocados, barbarries, currants, gooseberries, grapes, pineapple, bananas, kiwi, and tomatoes. 

Next there are pepos, fruit that falls into a specific category of berries. The following are considered berries in the pepo category: watermelon, cucumber, cantaloupe, squash, and pumpkins. 

In conclusion, food—or more specifically fruit—is very confusing. Food thought to be vegetables are actually fruits. Fruit considered berries are not berries. Fruits not considered berries actually are berries in a botanical sense. There are over eight different categories that fruit can be classified in: berries, pepos, aggregate, and more. To cut the confusion. I say that all food containing seeds be classified as simply fruit.