I was trying to explain to A. the TV producer about the proper hierarchy of fruit flavors - strawberry and peach at the top, blueberry near the bottom before plum and gojiberry.
"But you're mixing things up," A. said. "Berries aren't fruit, they're berries!"
I was flabbergasted. I was having enough trouble convincing her of the proper fruit-flavor rankings and all of a sudden I'm hit with a bizarre Swedish idiosyncrasy: Swedes don't consider berries fruit.
But, I asked, if they aren't fruit, what are they?
All the Swedes at the table jumped on me at once: "Berries, of course!"
And they would not be convinced by me that for us English speakers, berries are a category within the whole fruit family, somewhat like melons.
"I don't believe you," A. said. "And what about root fruits, huh?"
The Swedish words for the day are frukt, bär, rotfrukt. They mean fruit, berries, root vegetables.