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The Different Classes of Fruits

Updated on May 4, 2012

The Different Classes of Fruits

The fruit is a mature ovary which may or may not retain addition floral parts. A fruit in which such additional parts are retained is known as an accessory fruit.

Fruits are classified as

  • Simple
  • Multiple
  • Aggregate

The difference is according to the arrangement of the carpels from which the fruit is derived.

Aggregate Fruits

  • Consist of a number of separate carpels of one gynoecium

Aggregate Fruits Examples

  • Magnolia (Magnolia wilsonii)
  • Raspberry (Rubus idaeus)
  • Strawberry (Fragaria indica)


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Magnolia Aggregate FruitRaspberry Aggregate FruitStrawberry Aggregate Fruit
Magnolia Aggregate Fruit
Magnolia Aggregate Fruit
Raspberry Aggregate Fruit
Raspberry Aggregate Fruit
Strawberry Aggregate Fruit
Strawberry Aggregate Fruit

Multiple Fruits

  • Consist of the gynoecia of more than one flower

Multiple Fruit Examples

  • Pineapple (Ananas comosus)

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Grapes Berry FruitDate Berry FruitTomato Berry Fruit
Grapes Berry Fruit
Grapes Berry Fruit
Date Berry Fruit
Date Berry Fruit
Tomato Berry Fruit
Tomato Berry Fruit

Simple Fruits
Develop from one carpel or several united carpels
Are the most diverse of the three groups. Can be Soft, Fleshy, Dry, Woody or Papery

There are three main types of fleshy fruit

  1. Berry
  2. Drupe
  3. Pome

Berry Fruit Examples

  • Tomatoes (Lycopersicon esculentum)
  • Dates (Diospyros lotus)
  • Grapes (Vitis vinifera)

These fruits contain one to several carpels, each of which is usually many seeded and the inner layer of the fruit is fleshy.


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Coconut Drupe FruitPeach Drupe FruitOlive Drupe FruitPlum Drupe Fruit
Coconut Drupe Fruit
Coconut Drupe Fruit
Peach Drupe Fruit
Peach Drupe Fruit
Olive Drupe Fruit
Olive Drupe Fruit
Plum Drupe Fruit
Plum Drupe Fruit

Drupe Fruit
One to several carpels (smilar to simple fruits) but each usually contains only a single seed. The inner coat of the fruit is stony and usually tightly stuck to seed.

Drupe Fruit Examples

  • Coconut (Cocus nucifera)
  • Peach (Prunus persica)
  • Olive (Olea europea)
  • Plum (Prunus domestica)

Pome Fruit
Highly specialised fleshy fruit which is characteristic of one of the rose family. The pomeis derived from a compound inferior ovary in which the fleshy portion comes large from the endlarged base.


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Apple Pome FruitPear Pome Fruit
Apple Pome Fruit
Apple Pome Fruit
Pear Pome Fruit
Pear Pome Fruit

Pome Fruit Examples

  • Apples (Malus slyvestris)
  • Pears (Pyrus communis)

Dry simple fruits are classified as dehiscent or indehiscent

Dehiscent fruits, the tissues of the mature ovary wall beak open, freeing the seeds.

  • The follicle is derived from a single carpel
  • The pea (Poa) family is an example

Indehiscent Fruits, the seeds remain in the fruit after the fruit is shed from the parents plant.

  • Most common is the achene
  • Small single seeded fruit which likes free in the cavity, very loosely attached

A small article on some of the types of fruits.

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      Daniela 

      5 years ago

      Fantastic blog! Do you have any tips and hints for aspiring wreitrs? I'm hoping to start my own site soon but I'm a little lost on everything. Would you suggest starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many options out there that I'm completely confused .. Any ideas? Thanks a lot!

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      Michael Domingos 

      6 years ago

      Thank you, I will be updating this Hub with more information in the future as well.

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      Yankees10 

      6 years ago

      Nice Hub and very informative. This explains exactly the different classes of fruits well.

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