By Aliza Habib

Fruits are classified according to the arrangement from which they derive. There are four types—simple, aggregate, multiple, and accessory fruits. The name fruit is often applied loosely to all edible plant products and specifically to the fleshy fruits, some of which (e.g., eggplant, tomatoes, and squash) are commonly called vegetables.

fruit history

In common language usage, "fruit" normally means the fleshy seed-associated structures of a plant that are sweet or sour, and edible in the raw state, such as apples, bananas, grapes, lemons, oranges, and strawberries. On the other hand, in botanical usage, "fruit" includes many structures that are not commonly called "fruits", such as bean pods, corn kernels, tomatoes, and wheat grains.

The Four Kinds of Fruit

accessory fruit

Occasionally called as false fruit, spurious fruit, pseudo fruit, or pseudo carp, as far as accessory fruit is concerned, some of the flesh is derived not from the ovary, although from some flanking tissue exterior to the carpel.