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Interesting Facts about Strawberries

Interesting Facts about Strawberries

There is nothing more fun that picking red, juicy strawberries from the local farmers markets and biting into this luscious fruit. They are a great addition to a fruit basket.

Strawberries are commonly found to provide flavour to juices, jams, ice creams and puddings. But there are a number of interesting facts you did not know about this delicious fruit:

Interesting Facts about Strawberries

  • Strawberries are the first fruit to ripen in spring.
  • Strawberries are unique for being the only kind of fruit to wear its seeds on the outside. In fact, a single strawberry features over 200 seeds on the exterior.
  • Strawberries are not true berries. Since they wear their seeds on the exterior, they are classified as separate fruits.
  • Strawberries are part of the Rose family. They have the same sweet smelling quality.
  • Strawberries are perennials. This means it will grow year after year though it will be bear fruit only for five years.
  • Americans consume around five pounds of fresh and frozen strawberries on an average, every year. It ranks as the most favourite fruits of kids.
  • In Belgium, there is a museum dedicated to strawberries which features items like strawberry beer and strawberry jam.
  • In ancient Rome, strawberries were regarded to have medicinal powers. They were a cure for kidney stones, fainting, fever, bad breath, sore throat and depression.
  • Strawberries have been found to reduce risk of cancers and heart disease. Having low calories, they are rich in Vitamin K, C, B6, amino acids, folic acid and potassium.
  • They have high nitrate content. This helps enhance blood and oxygen flow to muscles of the body. They make for excellent healthy fruit gifts.
  • The bulk (80%) of strawberries in U.S. is produced in California. But they are also grown in every state and also throughout Canada.
  • If one lays all the strawberries produced yearly in California side by side, it would go around the earth 15 times.
  • Unripe and green strawberries are good for pickling.
  • Eight strawberries can provide around 140% of daily requirement of Vitamin C.
  • Pregnant women can consume strawberries for lower risk of birth defects in their children.
  • Strawberries are the fruits with the highest anti-oxidant value, which helps prevent eye degeneration and cataracts.
  • Strawberries were introduced to the colonist by Native American Indians. They were combined with cornmeal and baked into bread. This was the fore-runner of strawberry short cake.
  • Roughly during the Wimbledon championships, around 27,000 kilos of strawberries are consumed with 7000 litres of cream.
  • A bowl of 100 gm of strawberries will provide only 50 calories which means an amazing 0 gm of fat.
  • Strawberries also help enhance the beauty of your smiles. The acids in its help to whiten teeth and remove stains.
  • They contain ellagic acid, which helps fight cancer.
  • The red colour indicates presence of flavonoids. They help reduce the impact of cholesterol from clogging the arteries of the heart.
  • They can also be yellow or white and even taste like pineapples.
  • For a variation, instead of cream, sprinkle some pepper on the strawberries.

These are some interesting facts about strawberries.

Lyle V. Hensley

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