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I was just informed that a banana is technically a berry, and I want to know what is the difference between a berry and a fruit.

On a technical level, "berry" is a botanical term that refers to a type of fleshy fruit. So a banana is actually both a fruit and a "berry," said Helen Alexander, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Kansas University.

Wild bananas have many seeds in them, she said. The brown specks in the center of common cultivated bananas are traces of immature seeds.


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