Red cherries with stems
Diagram of a typical drupe (peach), showing both fruit and seed
Prunus avium, sweet cherry (a true cherry species)
The development sequence of a typical drupe, a smooth-skinned (nectarine) type of peach (Prunus persica) over a 7 1⁄2-month period, from bud formation in early winter to fruit ripening in midsummer
Prunus cerasus, sour cherry (a true cherry species)
Assorted drupes
Prunus tomentosa, Nanking cherry (a bush cherry species)
The peach is a typical drupe (stone fruit)
Prunus ilicifolia, hollyleaf cherry (a cherry laurel species)
'Elena', a freestone prune plum
Prunus serotina, black cherry (a bird cherry species)
The pit of a nectarine
The Cherry Seller, by Sara Troost (18th Century Netherlands)
Unripe drupes of black pepper
Salvatore Postiglione Cherry time
'Black Butte' blackberry, a bramble fruit of aggregated drupelets
Cherries with Monilinia laxa
A ripe areca nut
Rainier cherries from the state of Washington, USA
Ginkgo "fruits", often noted as drupe-like
Ripe sweet cherries in Tehran
Fresh Michigan cherries in a basket
Cherrywood desk of drawers
Germersdorfer variety cherry tree in blossom

A cherry is the fruit of many plants of the genus Prunus, and is a fleshy drupe (stone fruit).

- Cherry

Flowering plants that produce drupes include coffee, jujube, mango, olive, most palms (including açaí, date, sabal, coconut and oil palms), pistachio, white sapote, cashew, and all members of the genus Prunus, including the almond, apricot, cherry, damson, peach, nectarine, and plum.

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Red cherries with stems

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Species of tree native to Iran and surrounding countries, including the Levant.

Species of tree native to Iran and surrounding countries, including the Levant.

Almond in shell, shell cracked open, unshelled and blanched seed
Occasionally two seeds occur
Persian miniature depiction of the almond harvest at Qand-i Badam, Fergana Valley (16th century)
Almond tree with blossoming flowers, Valley of Elah, Israel
Flowering (sweet) almond tree
Blossoming of bitter almond tree
Almond cream cake covered in slivered almonds
Colomba di Pasqua, traditional Italian Easter bread
Danish cream cake covered with marzipan
Almond oil
Green almonds
Almond shell
Blanched almonds
A grove of almond trees
Almond blossoms
Young almond fruit
Mature almond fruit
An almond shaker before and during a harvest of a tree

The fruit of the almond is a drupe, consisting of an outer hull and a hard shell with the seed, which is not a true nut.

The outer covering, consisting of an outer exocarp, or skin, and mesocarp, or flesh, fleshy in other members of Prunus such as the plum and cherry, is instead a thick, leathery, grey-green coat (with a downy exterior), called the hull.


Japanese cherry (Prunus serrulata) blossoms
Tibetan cherry (Prunus serrula) bark
Black cherry (Prunus serotina) in bloom
The development sequence of a nectarine (P. persica) over a 7.5-month period, from bud formation in early winter to fruit ripening in midsummer
Cherries are prone to gummosis.

Prunus is a genus of trees and shrubs, which includes (among many others) the fruits plums, cherries, peaches, nectarines, apricots, and almonds.

Prunus fruit are drupes, or stone fruits.

Culinary fruits


Seed-bearing structure in flowering plants that is formed from the ovary after flowering.

Seed-bearing structure in flowering plants that is formed from the ovary after flowering.

Culinary fruits
Caraway fruits. A common mistake is to call these and similar ones "seeds".
Pomegranate display of the exocarp (right) and seeds and edible sarcotesta (left)
An arrangement of fruits commonly thought of as culinary vegetables, including corn (maize), tomatoes, and various squash
The development sequence of a typical drupe, the nectarine (Prunus persica) over a 7.5 month period, from bud formation in early winter to fruit ripening in midsummer (see [[:File:Nectarine Fruit Development.jpg|image page]] for further information)
The parts of a flower, showing the stigma-style-ovary system.
An apple is a simple fleshy fruit. Key parts are the epicarp, or exocarp, or outer skin, (not labelled); and the mezocarp and endocarp (labelled).
Insertion point: There are 3 positions of insertion of the ovary at the base of a flower: I superior; II half-inferior; III inferior. The 'insertion point' is where the androecium parts (a), the petals (p), and the sepals (s) all converge and attach to the receptacle (r). (Ovary= gynoecium (g).)
In the noni, flowers are produced in time-sequence along the stem. It is possible to see a progression of flowering, fruit development, and fruit ripening.
Dewberry flowers. Note the multiple pistils, each of which will produce a drupelet. Each flower will become a blackberry-like aggregate fruit.
Dewberry fruit
A dry simple fruit: milkweed (Asclepias syriaca); dehiscence of the follicular fruit reveals seeds within.
Fruits of four different banana cultivars (Bananas are berries.)
Strawberry, showing achenes attached to surface. Botanically, strawberries are not berries; they are classified as an aggregate accessory fruit.
Flower of Magnolia × wieseneri showing the many pistils making up the gynoecium in the middle of the flower. The fruit of this flower is an aggregation of follicles.
Detail of the raspberry flower: there is a clustering of pistils at the center of the flower. (A pistil consists of stigma, style, and ovary.) The stigma is the apical (at the apex) nodule that receives pollen; the style is the stem-like column that extends down to the ovary, which is the basal part that contains the seed-forming ovule.
Lilium unripe capsule fruit; an aggregate fruit.
The fruit of a pineapple includes tissue from the sepals as well as the pistils of many flowers. It is a multiple-accessory fruit.
Picking blackberries in Oklahoma
Comparing fresh fruits for fiber, potassium (K), and vitamin C. Each disk-point refers to a 100 g serving of the fresh fruit named. The size of the disk represents the amount of fiber (as percentage of the recommended daily allowance, RDA) in a serving of fruit (see key at upper right). The amount of vitamin C (as percent RDA) is plotted on the x–axis and the amount of potassium (K), in mg on the y–axis. + Bananas are high in value for fiber and potassium, and oranges for fiber and vitamin C. (Apricots are highest in potassium; strawberries are rich in vitamin C.) Watermelon, providing low levels of both K and vitamin C and almost no fiber, is of least value for the three nutrients together.
Porcelain vine is usually planted for its showy, colourful berries.

As the ovules develop into seeds, the ovary begins to ripen and the ovary wall, the pericarp, may become fleshy (as in berries or drupes), or it may form a hard outer covering (as in nuts).

stone fruit or drupe – The definitive characteristic of a drupe is the hard, "lignified" stone (sometimes called the "pit"). It is derived from the ovary wall of the flower: apricot, cherry, olive, peach, plum, mango.