Which of these are berries: bananas, watermelon, avocado, strawberries? Surprisingly, all of them, except strawberries. According to the botanical definition, a "berry"
is a fleshy fruit that's produced from a single ovary. Strawberries are actually "accessory fruits" which consist of many small individual fruits embedded in a fleshy receptacle. The "seeds" that you see on the surface of strawberries are the actual fruits, and each of them surrounds a tiny seed. Here are some more strawberry-related links.
- Japanese electronics company Sharp is working on growing strawberries in the Middle East, where it's difficult to grow them and expensive to import. The strawberries will be grown at a facility in Sharp's Middle East Free Zone Establishment in Dubai, in a controlled environment of optimal temperature, light, and humidity. These will all be precisely controlled using Sharp technology, such as LED lighting and "Plasmacluster" air-purification technology. [url]
- There are more than 600 varieties of strawberries in the world, but only 3 types: June-bearing, everbearing, and day-neutral. Some of the most popular varieties grown in the U.S. include Honeoye, Allstar, Chandler, Jewel, Seascape, Tristar, and Earliglow, which is considered to be one of the best tasting strawberry varieties out there. [url]
- A new wild strawberry species was recently discovered in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon. It grows at elevations of 3,000-5,000 feet. Unlike other local wild strawberries, which have only 8 sets of chromosomes, this new strawberry (Fragaria cascadensis) has 10 sets of chromosomes. [url]
- Japanese researchers have developed a $50,000 strawberry-picking robot that can pluck a strawberry every 8 seconds. The robot uses a 3D stereo camera system to determine which berries are ripe based on color, and when it finds a ripe one, it extends its arm, snips the stem, and then places the berry in the basket. [url]
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