18 May 2009

Strawberry Quandary

An old bit of knowledge was knocked out from the caverns of my brain last night: The strawberry is technically not a fruit. I knew this was true, but I did not know what classification strawberries belonged to; so I looked it up. As it turns out, the strawberry is an accessory fruit, false fruit, or, my personal favorite, pseudocarp. This is true because the flesh is derived not from the ovary but from some adjacent tissue.

I guess I'll just add this to the useless information pile in my head, and now you can too!


  1. Not useless at all! This is fascinating! This is fruit and life! Thanks Luke, I'm running to tell Daniel right now.

  2. You sure have a lot of knowledge in that useless information pile (ex. Who won the 1991 Superbowl?)

  3. Add some more useless info, the seeds are the real fruit ;) or so says Alton Brown. LOL



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