May is National Strawberry month and we have all the juicy details on this popular fruit.
Red, sweet and delicious, strawberries are a popular spring and early summer treat. You can toss them in a salad, make a pie or just eat them out of your hand! They are great in smoothies, jams and more – they are versatile, healthy and yummy.
We’re sharing some fun facts about the humble strawberry during National Strawberry Month.
What will you learn?
- Strawberries are about 4 calories each
- Most of the strawberries eaten in the U.S. are grown in either California or Florida
- Most strawberries are harvested by hand
- Strawberries are the most popular small fruit crop in America
- Where did strawberries come from? Wild strawberries can be found in Europe and the United States, and there is evidence that the ancient Romans and possibly ancient Greeks ate strawberries
- How did the strawberry get its name? Plants used to be grown under straw to protect them from the cold
- DYK: Strawberries are a member of the rose family
- Strawberries come from flowers and ripen into a red, delicious berry
- Strawberries are great eaten plain, but before refrigeration, they were turned into jam, jelly, vinegar and other types of preservation methods, including drying
- Strawberries don’t ripen after they are picked, so it’s important to pick them right as they become ripe – and eat them quickly after
- Strawberries carry their seeds on the outside and there can be more than 200 seeds per fruit
- To get the best tasting berry, pick a bright red fruit that is firm and smells good. The cap should be fresh and green, too
- It’s best to keep strawberries cold if you can’t eat them immediately, but they taste better at room temperature
- DYK: Strawberries are rich in antioxidants, and they contain more vitamin C than an orange!
Happy National Strawberry Month!
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