Fun Strawberry Facts
- Strawberries are the first fruits to become ripe in the spring.
- Strawberries are the only fruits with seeds on the outside.
- In 13th century France, strawberries were once thought to be an aphrodisiac and were served in soups to newlyweds.
- Strawberries are a member of the rose family.
- It takes strawberries 3 days to complete their cycle of turning from green to white to red.
- There is a museum dedicated to strawberries in Belgium.
- Strawberries are not berries or fruit at all, but enlarged ends of the plant's stamen.
- The most famous public eating of strawberries is at Wimbledon each year, when strawberries and cream are consumed between tennis matches by properly attired English.
- California is the only state in the Union that grows strawberries outdoor all year round.
- One year’s supply of California strawberries weighs one billion pounds.
- For the best flavor, strawberries should be served at room temperature.
- Over ninety four percent of households in the United States consume strawberries.
- Covered strawberries have become one of the nation’s most popular desserts.
Nutritional Strawberry Facts
- One cup of strawberries has only 55 calories.
- 8 medium strawberries contain 140% of the U.S.RDA for Vitamin C.
- Strawberries are good sources of folic acid, fiber and potassium.
- Strawberries have been proven to help prevent cancer.
Facts about Growing Strawberries
Strawberry plants can grow for 5 to 6 years, but the majority of strawberry farmers replant yearly to get the most succulent results. Seventy percent of a strawberry plant’s roots are located in the top three inches of soil. If you want the largest and most juicy strawberries, you should plant the variety called “June Bearing”. They produce only one large crop per year in a two to three week period in the spring. June Bearing strawberries should only be planted outdoors, and need at least six continuous hours of sunlight a day. The best time to plant this variety is late fall or early spring, and in dry soil. It is important not to plant strawberries near tomatoes, eggplant, peppers or potatoes, as these vegetables contain ingredients that could cause the rotting of the strawberry plant. Water the strawberry plant with 1 to 2 inches of water per week.
Historical Strawberry Facts
- Strawberries are believed to have been cultivated in ancient Rome, in the 12th century BC.
- One of the earliest known strawberry uses was for healing sunburns.
- During medieval times, strawberries were considered symbols of peace, prosperity, and perfection.
There are two theories on how strawberries may have derived their name. The first (and most popular) supposition is that straw was used around the strawberries after planting them to protect the soil around them. The second is that the actual strawberry plants have runners that look like straw when growing in the fields.