FOR INQUISITIVE GARDENERS QUESTION -- DO YOU KNOW YOUR BERRIES?
Things are seldom what they seem,
Skim milk masquerades as cream;
Highlows pass as patent leathers;
Jackdaws strut in peacock’s feathers.
—— W. S. Gilbert, in H. M. S. Pinafore
Some of the fruits popularly known as berries are, to the botanist, something entirely different. Below are listed twenty well-known fruits. Ten of them are true berries, ten are not.
The trick is to tell which is which. Give yourself ten points for every real berry you can pick. When you are through, go to Inquisitive Gardeners Answer - Do You Know Your Berries? Some of the answers that a real botanist gives may surprise you.