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Bananas Are Herbs
Bananas Are Herbs
Bananas are a perennial that grows from a bulb rather than a seed. These bulbs regenerate with new shoots every year, much like orchids. This similarity is actually because bananas are giant herbs that are related to the orchid family.
A Strawberry Isn't An Actual Berry
A Strawberry Isn't An Actual Berry
Really, strawberries do not meet the criteria for being a berry. The literal definition of berry is a fleshy fruit with a large seed in the center. The seeds of a strawberry are all over the outside of the fruit. It is told that children picking the strawberries would string them on straws of grass and called them straws of berries.
Oranges, Lemons, And Tomatoes Are Berries
Oranges, Lemons, And Tomatoes Are Berries
Citrus fruits like oranges and lemons are from the berry family. Strangely enough so are tomatoes. Their seeds are inside the fruit. That puts them in the berry category. As these fruits have many seeds, they are in the specialized berry category. Pictured is more of a Strawberry than the previous slide.
Eggplants Are Fruits
Eggplants Are Fruits
The eggplant gets its name from its shape, but it is classified in the berry family of fruit. Thomas Jefferson introduced this berry to North America by growing several varieties in his gardens in Virginia. In England the eggplant was thought to cause madness. It was used for decoration.

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