Strawberry

The strawberry is not a single entitiy. It a widely grown group of plants that are produced as a result of the creation of a hybrid species of the genus Fragaria.

The group is collectively known as strawberries.

 

Strawberries are cultivated worldwide for their fruit, which has a wonderful and characteristic aroma and bright red color with a juicy texture that is often but not always sweet.

The garden strawberry was first bred in France in the 1750s via a cross of Fragaria virginiana from eastern North America and Fragaria chiloensis,  from Chile

The strawberry is not really a true 'berry'.

Technically, the strawberry is an aggregate accessory fruit.  The fleshy part of the berry is not derived from the plant's ovaries but rather from the receptacle that contains the ovaries. 

Each apparent "seed" (achene) on the outside of the fruit is actually one of the ovaries of the flower with a seed inside it.

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