The Truth About The White Dots On Strawberries: They Aren't Seeds!

Those tiny white spots on strawberries? They're not really seeds, even though many think so.

Strawberries have a bunch of cool trivia attached to them. For instance, did you know they're neither a fruit nor a vegetable?

Experts like those at the Carnegie Museum label them as 'false fruits' or pseudocarps. They're made up of many small individual fruits merged into its flesh.

Surprisingly, strawberries aren't classified as berries either.


They're technically part of the aggregate fruit family, just like raspberries and blackberries.

The term 'berry' can be a bit ambiguous, usually describing any edible fruit with seeds.

But, from a science standpoint, a true berry has certain criteria. It should have multiple seeds and consist of an outer layer, a juicy middle, and an inner section that houses the seeds.

This classification divides berries into two main types, each originating from a single flower's ovary.


Strawberries have more secrets than you'd think, starting with those textured bits that aren't actually seeds.

These seed-like features are named achenes, and each one is a fruit in its own right, housing a single seed.

The term 'achene' is used to describe the dry fruit from various flowering species, like buckwheat and cannabis.

Typically, a strawberry boasts about 200 achenes.


Instead of fitting the true berry description, strawberries carry these seed-filled fruits on their surface, thanks to the swollen receptacle tissue.

When strawberries bloom, unlike other fruits, they don't expand. It's the receptacle tissue that enlarges, causing the real fruits to emerge as tiny, dry achenes.

Since an achene contains only one seed, it doesn't qualify as a berry.


Fun fact: Most strawberries aren't even grown from seeds.

Strawberry plants produce 'runners.' As these grow, they create strawberry replicas that set roots when touching the ground.

A single parent plant can shoot out numerous runners, each capable of sprouting several new strawberry offspring, compensating for their challenging seed growth.

While this info may seem overwhelming, remember this: Strawberries are super healthy.


One serving provides more than the recommended daily vitamin C intake for adults, plus they're packed with antioxidants, according to The Spruce.