Is a strawberry a berry? This is one of those old debates that keeps coming back around! It is easy to assume that anything with the word berry in it, would be a berry – but is it?
You may just be surprised that there is more to the answer than you may think! And, you may walk away in awe when you find out what other foods are technically called berries!
What Kind of Fruits are Berries?
A berry can easily be described as a fleshy fruit that comes from the ovary of a single flower that has one or many seeds, on the inside of the flesh. To break it down further, berries have their seeds on the inside of the fruit, much like how a strawberry has its seeds around the outside of it.
Are Strawberries Berries?
Well, this is the part you’ve been waiting for! Are strawberries, berries? Are those red, sweet summer fruits, berries? Unfortunately these are not! This is because, much like raspberries and blackberries, strawberries have more than one ovary.
But cucumbers, blueberries and kiwis are berries! In fact, cucumbers may seem more like a vegetable but are indeed a type of berry! Surprising right?
What Are Some Other Berry Fruits?
It isn’t likely that when you think of a berry you think of any of the foods below. However, according to the technical definition of a berry – fleshy, produced from a single flower with a single ovary and contains seeds on the inside – they are. Here are a couple of the foods that are surprisingly berries:
Some fruits like bananas have such tiny seeds that we may not notice them – but they’re there!
Whether they’re considered a berry or not, they can easily be considered to be one of the best things to eat during the hot summer months.
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Cheesecake Filled Strawberry Recipe
- 1 pint strawberries
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 3 tablespoons crushed Oreo cookies
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 tablespoons butter softened
- 1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 cup whipped cream
- Rinse and pat dry strawberries. Cut ¼ inch off the strawberries from the stem side and hollow out with a sharp knife.
- In a small-medium bowl, melt chocolate chips in a microwave in 20 second intervals.
- In a zip-loc bag, crushed Oreos using a roller.
- Dip the tip of each strawberry into melted chocolate and then cookie crumbs. Place onto a wax paper-lined baking sheet.
- In a medium bowl, mix together cream cheese, softened butter, vanilla, cocoa powder and sugar. Mix in remaining chocolate until incorporated and then whipped cream.
- Using a pastry bag with a small fitting, pipe filling into each strawberry.
- Serve immediately or refrigerate. Enjoy!