Strawberries are native to North America and Europe, having grown wild in both areas for centuries. Related to roses, they grow on thin stems, in clusters of leaves, fruit and flowers. The plants also produce runners, which causes the plants to spread.Know More
Perennial plants that do not need to be replanted each year, strawberries are not actually berries. Rather, each "berry" contains many small fruits, or the "seeds" of the strawberry. Gathered from the wild for centuries, European farmers first grew them during the 1200s A.D., and by the 1600s, Native Americans were growing them in North America. As of 2014, strawberries are grown on both sides of the equator, and though they do well in a wide variety of climates, they generally prefer cooler weather. They also take to multiple kinds of soils as well.
Most of the strawberries in supermarkets come from two North American species: Fragaria virginiana and Fragaria chiloensis; however, a small French species of strawberries, which is still wild, is considered to be more flavorful. About 80 percent of strawberries in the United States are grown in California. Across the globe, a wide variety of species are grown, with specialized species in each area.Learn more about Fruits & Veggies
Diana Herrington from Care2.com explains that strawberries are a healthy addition to the diet because they are high in fiber and make a great low-calorie snack. Strawberries aid in heart, bone and eye health and reduce inflammation within the body. Strawberries also contain phenolic compounds in their red pigment that help the body to burn fat and improve short-term memory.Full Answer >
Whole strawberries that are fresh can last in the freezer for up to 8 months, while cut strawberries also in the freezer can last up to 4 months.Full Answer >
Strawberries technically aren't true berries because a berry has its seeds on the inside. Strawberries are embellished with about 200 seeds and are the only fruit to wear these seeds on the outside. Botanists actually consider each adorning seed to be its own distinct fruit.Full Answer >
Strawberries are not citrus fruits. They belong to the rose family with other fruits such as apples, peaches, apricots, cherries, blackberries and raspberries. Citrus fruits belong to the rue family.Full Answer >