Strawberries aren’t berries!

A bunch of strawberries

Strawberries are not berries. They are an “aggregate fruit”, forming from a flower that has many ovaries; the ovary being the part of the flower that eventually develops and ripens into a fruit. Once the ovaries are pollinated, the ovaries will swell and eventually form the strawberry. Actual berries, though, are what are known as “simple fruits”; they form from a flower that has only one ovary. Examples of actual berries that most people don’t think of as such include: tomatoes, and — believe it or not — bananas! (Their seeds are so tiny it’s easy to forget they’re there.)