The Rose Family of Fruits and Nuts
We all know it as a beautiful flower.
The rose belongs in the Rosaceae family also known as the rose family. The Rosaceae is a medium-sized family made up of about 100 genera and 3000 species. The members of this family are generally woody plants with simple, alternate leaves. The flowers have both male and female reproductive organs (perfect flowers) and typically have five petals. The fruits of the Rosaceae are often fleshy and many of them are edible.
But do you know what other plants are members of this family? There are many economically important plants that are siblings to the romantic flower. These include:
and many more.
So, the next time you are at the grocery store, take a closer look at the fruit aisle. You might be surprised to find out that many of your favorite fruits are part of the rose family. Who knew flowers could be so delicious? Bon appetit!