Ahh Bananas, we’ve all known and loved them as the classical snack, but did you ever imagine that bananas are more than just a delicious yellow companion to your morning cereal?
The surprise is bananas, the potassium-rich and humble treat, aren’t your typical fruit. Interestingly, they’re not classified as fruit—they’re berries! And berries are different than fruits, and we’re here to tell you all about it. Get ready to uncover the truth behind the misconception; Let’s explore their fascinating reality!
What’s the difference between fruits and berries?
Botanically speaking, a berry has three distinct fleshy layers:
- the exocarp (outer skin)
- mesocarp (fleshy middle)
- endocarp (innermost part, which holds the seeds).
- As an example, the exocarp is the outer skin of a grape, the mesocarp is the fleshy middle, and the endocarp is the jelly-like insides that store the seeds.
- Other berries, such as banana and watermelon, have the similar layered structure, however their exocarps are tougher, taking the form of a peel and an outer layer.
- In addition, to be a berry, a fruit must have two or more seeds and the fruits must develop from one flower that has one ovary.
Are bananas actually berries?
- The misunderstanding developed thousands of years ago when people began calling certain fruits “berries” before botanists developed a detailed classification of the many sorts of fruit.
- Even though this classification exists, most individuals are unaware of it. Botanists sometimes debate on the actual classification of various fruits, which adds to the confusion.
- A banana is both a berry and a fruit, according to botanical studies. By the way, if it’s a berry, it’s automatically a fruit.
- Here’s how it works:
1. The banana flower has a single ovary, which develops into a single banana.
2. The banana also features a velvety peel, luscious flesh, and numerous tiny seeds. To be precise, the seeds are so little that you probably don’t feel or sense them when you eat a banana.
3. So, bananas are actual berries, though we’ll be the first to acknowledge that we don’t think of them as berries in the way most of us do.
What are other fruits that are berries?
Among the botanically described berries with culinary uses are:
- Berries in the strictest sense: including bananas and plantains, blueberries, cranberries, coffee berries, gooseberries, red-, black- and white currants, tomatoes, grapes and peppers (Capsicum fruits)
- Hesperidina: citrus fruits, including oranges, lemons and limes
- Pepos: squashes, cucumbers, melons and watermelons
As our journey to peel off the secrets to a banana’s originality has come to an end, who would have thought that our beloved bananas are actually berries in disguise?
Nature always has a way of surprising us with its quirky classifications. So, the next time you peel open that potassium-packed delight, remember that you’re indulging in a berry bonanza! It just goes to show that even in the world of fruits, things aren’t always as they seem. Happy peeling!