In details

Pseudofruits



Strawberry: Examples of Pseudo Fruit

What they are (definition)

Pseudofruits, also known as false fruits, are succulent (juice-rich) plant structures that are not fruit because they do not originate from the plant's ovary. They develop from a plant tissue next to a flower.

Main characteristics of pseudo-fruits:

- They have a physical aspect similar to true fruits (because of this it is common for people to call these structures fruit).

- They are juicy (rich in juice).

- Have a large amount of nutrients in the form of reserves.

Types of pseudo-products and examples

Simple pseudo-products

They are those that originate from the development of the receptacle or peduncle of a single flower.

Examples: pear, apple, quince and cashew (juicy part).

Compound Pseudofruits

Also known as aggregate pseudofruits, are those that originate from the receptacle of a flower with multiple ovaries.

Examples: Strawberry and Raspberry

Multiple pseudo-fruits (fruitlessness)

They are those originating from the development of ovaries of various flowers of an inflorescence (part of the plant where the flowers are), which grow together in a single structure.

Examples: fig, blackberry and pineapple.