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DiscoverMagazine.com, May/June 2009 — The strawberry is a member of the Rosaceae family, the same as the common rose. This image from a scanning electron microscope clearly reveals the seeds-and hairlike strands-on the berry’s surface. Strawberries are known as accessory fruits because they are not derived exclusively from the plant’s ovaries-the seeds are the actual “fruit.”
Strawberries have plenty of health benefits when consumed, but they can also help with hygiene. A crushed strawberry mixed with baking soda can whiten teeth, thanks to the stain-fighting effects of the fruit’s malic acid.