I didn’t know it either.
A banana IS considered a berry…BUT oddly enough….
A strawberry is not a berry, (whaaaaat??) yet a banana is… By technical definition, a berry is a fleshy fruit produced from a single seed. The strawberry, however has its dry, yellow “seeds” on the outside (each of which is actually considered a separate fruit).
Bananas used to confuse me, but I’m on to them now. I’ve learned their games. Ha! Despite the fact that in pictures or commercials; bananas are always bright, unblemished and sunny yellow, in reality, those perfectly yellow little tricksters, are the ones that need to continue ripening. For the sweetest and best tasting bananas, hold out for the brown spotted bananas that are still firm. These are perfect!
Perfect yellow berries??<—I am still having trouble wrapping my brain around that little factoid. Oh well, you can call them whatever you want, I still love them
Strawberries are the only fruit that wear their seeds on the outside. The average berry carries around 200 seeds on them. No surprise that it only takes one yummy bite to get seeds stuck in your teeth. Strawberries are not true berries, like blueberries or even grapes. Technically, a berry has its seeds on the inside and as I’ve said; strawberries do not, so each part of the berry surrounding the white core that has it’s own seed is considered a separate fruit. Wow!
And another not so well-known strawberry fact:
Strawberries are members of the rose family! Also, soooo weird right?
Lastly, to pick good strawberries, you should not only rely on their pretty red color, especially if you are buying them at a grocery store; they will have been shipped and away from their grower much longer than those at your local Farmer’s Market. That deep red color may be gorgeous, but as soon as those berries are picked by the grower, they stop ripening. Some growers may pick the strawberries that needed more time on the vine, hence they may be that pretty red color but it is not a perfect indicator; in fact you may very well bite into a beautiful strawberry that is not even close to being sweet. Always such a bummer. So in keeping with that thought, don’t just pick your strawberries because they are all such a beautiful color. In fact, don’t use your eyes for a second because for the best indication of good strawberries, you’ll need to use your nose. Yep, your nose; smell those strawberries and if they wallop you with a huge strawberry aroma, those are your berries! Obviously your eye’s will help also, but the nose knows.
With these tips in mind, I have never failed with more medium sized, deep red colored berries that smelled of pure strawberry heaven.
Enjoy your day!