Strawberry Forever

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The strawberry is an example of a false fruit. Technically a fruit is the mature seed containing structure solely formed from the ovaries of a single flower. In the strawberry, the flower has many separate carpels embedded on the flower base. The fleshy part of the bit we eat is solely made from receptacle tissue so it is a false fruit. The “seeds” on the surface are actually the fruit and consist of a dry carpel wall each containing a single seed with its own coat.

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