I am a berry hoard with a valid reason for my obsession. I make wine. This passion justifies my excessive gathering of berries and fruit. Most of my bounty is grown on our farm or found along the forest’s edge.
Ironically, many of my favorite fruits are not berries. I was a little surprised to learn that blackberries are not actual berries but my eggplant is. With a simple Internet search, one will find that true berries (botanically speaking) are fruit produced from the ovary of a single flower.
A single ovary berry starts as a flower that grows into a thinly covered fruit with the pulp or fleshy interiors containing the seeds. A few other true berries are grapes, tomatoes, cucumbers, bananas, gooseberries, and currants.
Blackberries, raspberries and similar berries are aggregate fruits and often referred to as “common berries.” They have multiple ovaries, with individual pulp surrounding each seed.
Regardless of the type of berry or fruit you like, they’re all delicious. And yes, in case you’re wondering, tomatoes can be made into wine.