Is a banana a berry or a fruit?

Ekaterina Ermolaeva
Ekaterina Ermolaeva
December 19, 2014
Is a banana a berry or a fruit?

All familiar banana periodically becomes a cause for controversy. Someone claims that this is a fruit, and someone persistently insists that a banana is a berry. Let’s see: is a berry or a fruit a banana?

Definitions

  • A fruit is usually called a fruit of a plant that contains seeds, with the help of which its further reproduction takes place. Fruits can be fleshy, stone fruit and dry.
  • Berry, according to the rules and norms of botany, is called such a fleshy fruit, which consists of juicy pulp, thin skin and hard seeds.

As we see from the definitions, berries are one of the varieties of fruit. That is a fair expression: every berry is a fruit, but not every fruit is a berry.

So, according to the observations and conclusions of botanists, the banana is a berry. Berry it has a thick peel and a variety of seeds. In the cultivated species of bananas, the seeds are practically absent, since they propagate such species in a vegetative way and the plant has no need for seeds.