Amateur Gardening - - A Gardener’s Miscellany -

Here’s a botan­i­cal cu­rios­ity! Sci­en­tif­i­cally, an orange is a berry – but a rasp­berry isn’t. In ev­ery­day English, ‘berry’ is a term for any small, edi­ble fruit. How­ever, the botan­i­cal def­i­ni­tion is that of a fleshy fruit pro­duced from a sin­gle ovary

– the grape and the orange be­ing very good ex­am­ples.

Black­ber­ries and rasp­ber­ries are ag­gre­gate fruits (con­tain­ing seeds from dif­fer­ent ovaries of a sin­gle flower).

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