Summer time and the living is easy! For those who don’t quite agree on the second part of Ella Fitzgerald’s line, we got a little proof for you. Nothing screams “sunshine” as much as berries, and people are going crazy about the beauty of their life cycles.
It all started when a Twitter user named Alfie shared a picture of blackberries in their different stages of life, all arranged in a circle. The caption said: “Blackberries have cool stages of life, no?" A whopping 1.1M who hit like couldn’t agree more. In no time, people got on the bandwagon posting their own berry, fruit, leaf, and flower assemblages.
Visually satisfying and emotionally refreshing, berry evolution pics are now reminding us that the beauty of nature can fit in the palm of your hand.
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We usually think of berries as a small, squishy type of fruit that can be picked off plants, but the scientific classification is far more complicated than that.
Berry nomenclature is so confusing “because people called certain fruits 'berries' thousands of years before scientists came up with a precise definition for the word,” believes Judy Jernstedt, who’s a professor of plant sciences at the University of California.
An interesting fact about berries is that in order to be one, it must bear two or more seeds. “Thus, a cherry, which has just one seed, doesn't make the berry cut,” Jernstedt explained. "They’re called drupes.”
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And when it feels like berries can't be more confusing, it turns out, yes, they can. Linda Ly, a botanist and blogger at Garden Betty, explains another bizarre botanical fact, which is that a banana is, in fact, a berry.
“During the flowering stage, an inflorescence, a banana heart, appears on the end of the stem. It is usually a long, tapered, tightly wrapped, deep purple bud.” As the buds open, “they reveal double rows of nectar-rich blossoms that make bees and hummingbirds go wild over them.”
Linda concludes that “Because the fruit is produced from a single ovary on the flower, a banana is actually classified as a berry, botanically speaking.”