Q:

What is the difference between a cherry and a berry?

A:

Quick Answer

Although cherries and berries are both considered fleshy fruits, cherries are drupes, which are a type of fruit that contain a single seed in the center surrounded by a hard core. Berries are a type of fruit on which the seed (or seeds) are located on the outside flesh.

 Know More

Full Answer

Furthermore, the pits of cherries are poisonous and should not be consumed, whereas the seeds of most berries are edible and are frequently consumed with the fruit. Cherries are not only a popular food that grows on trees but are very high in antioxidants and are known to have medical properties. The antioxidants in cherries are what give them their red color, though not all cherries are red. Cherries come in both tart and sweet varieties. In general, the brighter the red shade of the cherry, the more tart the flavor.

Cherries have medical properties, and are used to treat coughs, arthritis and gout. The fruit and the tree it comes from are also used to make chewing gum. Traditionally, cherries are a summer fruit. Traverse City, Michigan is the world's cherry capital, and more than 94 percent of cherries eaten in the United States are grown there. Other types of drupes include peaches and plums.

Learn more about Fruits & Veggies

Related Questions

  • Q:

    Why are raspberries hairy?

    A:

    The tiny hairs on raspberries are called pistils, and it is these pistils that help turn the berries into an edible fruit. Raspberries are actually clusters of aggregate fruit, meaning one fruit grows onto a single pistil. Each berry is the result of pollinated white flowers that contain numerous hair-like pistils. After the berries mature, the visible hairs are what remain of the original pistils.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    When are crabapples ready to pick?

    A:

    The most efficacious way to see if a crab apple is ripe is to slice it open; if the seed is brown, then the fruit is ripe. Since some crab apples turn red upon ripening, while others turn a yellowish-orange, looking inside is the best way to determine ripeness..

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How do you cut a mango fruit?

    A:

    Cut a mango fruit by separating the fruit from the seed, cutting a checkerboard pattern into the fruit, and then separating the fruit from the peel. Although there are multiple ways to cut a mango, this method can be used to remove as much fruit from the seeds as possible.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Do all fruits have a pit or seed inside?

    A:

    Not every fruit has a pit or seed inside. Strawberries have seeds on the outside. The strawberry is an aggregate accessory fruit because it doesn't spring from the ovary of the plant, but from the receptacle that holds the ovary.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore