Some fun facts about strawberries from the Farmers’ Almanac:
• Strawberries, the first fruit to ripen in the spring, are grown in every state in the United States.
• Strawberries are the only fruit with seeds (about 200 per) on the outside.
• Strawberries (botanical name is Frugaria, which means, fragrance) are members of the rose family.
• The first syllable of its common name comes from the fact straw was commonly used as mulch around the plants.
• Strawberries were grown in Rome dating back to 200 B.C.
• On average, Americans consume more than three pounds of fresh strawberries each year (plus nearly two pounds of frozen strawberries).
• 94% of households in the United States eat strawberries.
• Fresh, chilled strawberries were first shipped in 1843 by placing ice on top of boxes containing the berries.
• A low-cal treat, eight medium strawberries only add up to about 50 calories.
• Strawberries contain beneficial amounts of vitamin C, potassium and fiber and block cancer-causing substances as well as retro-viruses and herpes viruses.
• To retain the vitamin C in fresh strawberries, do not wash or cut off the caps until ready to eat.
Source: The Farmers’ Almanac, article by Deborah Tukua, author of seven non-fiction books, including Naturally Sweet Blender Treats. She hosts the natural, healthy lifestyle website, Journey to Natural Living.