Tuesday Trivia: Strawberry fun facts

J. H. Osborne • May 7, 2019 at 5:30 PM

It’s strawberry season if you haven’t noticed. Local strawberry farms are selling the fruit at temporary stands, stocking shelves at Food City and other grocers, and, in some cases, offering “pick your own” events.

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.

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