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Strawberry Facts Will Tell You a Lot About the Fruit

• Number one of all strawberry facts is that strawberries are the only fruit with seeds on the outside.

• The average strawberry has 200 seeds. Some breeders are growing strawberries with 400 seeds.

• Strawberries are the first spring fruit.

• Strawberries are low calorie and low-fat. Plus, they are high in vitamin C, fiber, folic acid, and potassium.

• Native Americans had a different name for strawberries. They called then "heart-seed berries" and added them to traditional corn-meal bread.

• During strawberry production, every plant is picked every third day.

• Eight strawberries or one serving contains 140% of the U.S. recommended daily allowance for Vitamin C.

• Fresh strawberries are never stored. They are whisked away immediately in refrigerated trucks.

• California produced 83% of the strawberries grown in the United States.

• The strawberry belongs to the genus Fragraria in the rose family. So do apples and plums.

• U.S. strawberry facts indicate that every American eats 3.4 pounds of fresh strawberries every year. In addition, they consume another 1.8 pounds of frozen strawberries.

• Strawberries are grown in every state in the U.S. and in every province in Canada.

• Strawberries were grown in ancient Rome and were used for their medicinal properties in the 13th Century.

• Strawberries symbolized peace and prosperity in Medieval times.

• In Belgium, there is a museum for strawberries.

• A strawberry plant should never get hotter than 78 degrees or colder than 55 degrees.

• The American colonists created strawberry shortcake.

• Strawberries were named from the nineteenth century practice of mulching berries with straw.

• In France, strawberries were once thought to be an aphrodisiac.  Newlyweds were fed a  soup made of strawberries, thinned sour cream, borage, & powered sugar.

• A mixture of strawberry juice and honey is good for the inflammation of sunburn.

• In ancient Rome, people believed that strawberries healed melancholy, fainting, inflammation, kidney stones, fever, bad breath, gout, blood and liver diseases.

• If all the strawberries produced in California this year were laid berry to berry, side by side, they would wrap around the world one hundred and fifteen times.

• Florida is second to California in the production of strawberries.

• The strawberry you eat is not actually a fruit or a berry.  It is the enlarged receptacle of the flower.

• 53% of 7- to 9-year-olds say their favorite fruit is the strawberry.

• Strawberries are good for pregnant women because they contain folic acid.

• Strawberry facts tell us that the first important American variety of strawberries, the Hovey, was grown in Massachusetts in 1834.

• Strawberries are ranked as the number two fruit in anti-oxidant content.

• Through the centuries, strawberries have been associated with love and flirtation.

• California strawberry facts show that there are 24,500 acres of strawberries planted in the state.

• Medieval stone masons carved strawberry designs on altars and around the tops of pillars in churches and cathedrals to symbolize perfection and righteousness.



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