Strawberries aren’t actually fruit in the traditional sense. Unlike actual berries, strawberries are accessory fruits. Most fruits are the swollen ovary (or ovaries) of a plant. The flesh of fruits like apples or grapes are formed from the ovary. Strawberries, however, are the swollen head of the flower. The “seeds” as we think of them that sit on the surface are actually the many tiny ovaries of the plant. After a strawberry flower is fertilized and begins to mature, the head(the center)of the flower begins to swell and form the strawberry.

Shown here is a wild strawberry plant, Fragaria vesca. Commercially produced strawberries are hybrids of several wild species, which were bred to create Fragaria x ananassa. [x]

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