The strawberry is a beautifully sweet, aromatic, fiber-rich fruit packed with vitamins and antioxidants. Check out our interesting Strawberry Facts including how they grow, what part of the plant they are, what they contain, how we eat them and much more. Let’s explore!
1. Strawberry’s botanical name is “Fragaria ananassa.”
2. Strawberry word has taken from Old English words “steowberie” and “streawbelige”.
3. Strawberry is a member of the rose family and it is the only fruit which has seeds outside.
4. Strawberry is the first fruit that ripens in the spring season.
5. Taho is one of the most famous drink in the Philippines made up from strawberries.
6. Strawberries contain more vitamin C than oranges and they help in reducing inflammations.
7. Strawberries are also in yellow, blue, white, black and purple color.
8. Romans believed Strawberries could cure melancholy, fever, bad breath, chronic fainting, and spleen and liver disorders.
9. There is a museum dedicated to strawberries in Wepion, Belgium.
10. According to a legend, if you cut a double strawberry into two and share the other part with the opposite gender, you would soon fall in love.
11. Strawberries help in reducing weight too, especially your abdominal fat.
12. A royal lady by the name Madame Tallien used to bath with fresh strawberry juice once a year.
13. February 27th is National Strawberry Day.
14. The strawberry is not classified by botanists as a true berry.
15. Native American Indians called strawberries “heart-seed berries”.
16. In fourteenth-century France, Charles V ordered twelve hundred strawberry plants to be grown in the Royal Gardens of the Louvre.
17. There are around 200 tiny seeds in every strawberry.
18. The largest producing state, California harvests 83% of the strawberries grown in the U.S. on approximately 24,500 acres.
19. As per the U.S. Department of Agriculture report, Americans eat an average of 3.4 pounds of fresh strawberries.
20. There are mainly three different kind of strawberries: Overbearing, June-bearing, and day neutral.
21. May 21-27 is Strawberry Week in Delaware and it is celebrated annually.
22. Strawberries are believed to help reduce the risk of heart disease and certain cancers.
23. Strawberries contain high levels of nitrate. This has been shown to increase blood and oxygen flow to the muscles.
24. Seventy percent of a strawberry’s roots are located in the top three inches of soil.
25. Lebanon, Oregon’s annual strawberry festival is home to the world’s largest strawberry shortcake.
26. The first Polish fruit to given protection under EU law is the Kashubian strawberry.
27. Florida ranks second in production of strawberry.
28. The seeds can grow to make new plants, but most strawberry plants instead reproduce by runners.
29. Strawberry plants tolerate almost any garden soil, but the richer the soil, the larger the crop will be.
30. Unlike some other fruits, strawberries don’t continue to ripen after being picked.
31. Strawberries mainly consist of water (91%) and carbohydrates (7.7%). They contain only minor amounts of fat (0.3%) and protein (0.7%).
32. Strawberries are rich in antioxidants. In addition to antioxidants, they have many other nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that contribute to overall health. These include folate, potassium, manganese, dietary fiber, and magnesium. It is also extremely high in vitamin C!
33. In Sweden, strawberries are a traditional dessert served on St John’s Day, also known as Midsummer’s Eve.
34. In Greece, strawberries are usually sprinkled with sugar and then dipped in Metaxa, a famous brandy, and served as a dessert.
35. While the origins of strawberry plants are widely unknown, they are thought to be indigenous to North and South America as well as Europe and Asia.
36. The heaviest strawberry weighs 250 g (8.82 oz), which was grown by Koji Nakao (Japan) and was weighed in Fukuoka, Fukuoka, Japan, on 28 January 2015.
37. Giant strawberries can be as large as apples.
38. Strawberries make the brain work better.
39. Strawberries at room temperature are sweeter than cold strawberries.
40. Strawberry is also a popular artificial flavor added to a variety of foods.