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What are Strawberries

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What are strawberries? Are they really good for you or are they just a sweet treat? Are they a simple, delicious and healthy snack that is easy to make at home? Or are they a simple fruit that also makes for an excellent breakfast staple?

What are Strawberries?

What are strawberries? Are they really good for you or are they just a sweet treat?

The strawberry has long been associated with health benefits. They contain high levels of vitamin C, potassium, fiber, antioxidants, and other nutrients. In addition, they also provide a great source of energy.

Strawberries are a delicious fruit that can be eaten raw or cooked. There are two main types of strawberries: red and white. Red strawberries are sweeter than their white counterparts.

A strawberry is a fruit that is very popular in the world. It has become one of the most common fruits that are used to make jams, jellies and other desserts. It is also used as an ingredient in many different food products such as drinks, sauces, cakes and breads.

Two more really popular ways to use up these luscious fruits are in jams and cheesecakes! If you have never tried to make your own homemade Strawberry Jam, then make sure to check out our tutorial. If you are craving a creamy dessert, then why not use up some of those fresh berries and make a New York Style Cheesecake?

Why are They Called Strawberries?

Strawberry (or simply strawberry; Fragaria × ananassa) is a widely grown hybrid species of the genus Fragaria, collectively known as the strawberries.

The History of Strawberries

People have always enjoyed eating strawberries because they taste delicious. However, there are some interesting facts about strawberries that you may not know.

The First Growers in America

In the early 1800s, a group of farmers from New Jersey decided to grow strawberries in their own garden. They grew these berries on their property and sold them at local markets. This was the first-time people had ever grown strawberries in the United States.

The First Known Use of the Word

The word “strawberry” comes from an old English dialect called Anglo-Saxon. In this language, the word for strawberry is spelled “strubberie.” It means something like “a bunch of small fruits.”

The Strawberry That Gave Its Name to a State

When the state of Georgia was founded in 1788, it took its name from a type of berry known as the Georgia Strawberry. These berries were so popular that they became one of the main crops grown by farmers in the area.

The Most Expensive Fruit Ever Sold at Auction

On March 8th, 2007, a single strawberry sold for $1,859.50 at auction in California. This price was more than three times higher than any other fruit or vegetable sold at auction.

The World’s Largest

This giant strawberry has been growing since 1885. It weighs over 20 pounds (9 kilograms) and measures nearly two feet long (61 centimeters). It can be found in Japan.

The Biggest

There is no official record of how big this strawberry is. However, it is believed to weigh around 30 pounds (14 kilograms) and measure almost four feet long (122 cm). This strawberry grows in China.

The Smallest

This tiny strawberry only weighs 0.5 grams (0.02 ounce) and measures just under half an inch (12 mm) across. This strawberry grows in South Africa.

The Shortest Way to Get from One End of a Strawberry Field to Another

If you walk across a field of strawberries, you will find that there are many different paths you can take. Some of these paths are very short while others are much longer. If you want to get from one end of the field to another, then you should choose the shortest path possible.

How Long Does it Take for a Strawberry to Ripen?

A strawberry ripens when the color changes from green to red. When a strawberry starts to turn red, it is said to be beginning to ripen. Once the strawberry is fully ripe, it will start to fall off of the plant.

What is the Difference Between Strawberries and Raspberries?

Both of these types of berries come from plants that belong to the rose family. They both look similar, but they are actually quite different. Strawberries are round and raspberries are oval shaped.

Is the Plant a Perennial or Annual?

It is a perennial. This plant grows best in a sunny location with well-drained soil and can be grown from seeds or cuttings.

The plant will grow 6-8 inches tall and 12 inches wide.

Flowers will grow from the plant and will have five white petals and five sepals.

When are Strawberries in Season?

They are generally available from June through to October.

How Long Does it Take for a Strawberry Plant to Produce Fruit?

The answer depends on the variety of strawberry. For example, some varieties may be ready in as little as six weeks while others can take up to two years before they start producing fruit.

How Many Years Do the Plants Bear Fruit?

Normally five to six years.

How to Store Them

If you want to keep your fruits fresh longer, put them in a sealed plastic bag and store them in the refrigerator. They will last in the refrigerator for up to four days. If you notice any mold, remove the affected berries right away.

Do not rinse the berries until you are ready to use them.

To wash them, place them in a large strainer and rinse them gently using cool water.

Then lay them in a single layer on a layer of paper towels and pat dry gently. Or you can also lay them on a clean kitchen towel.

How to Freeze Them

To freeze your berries. Hull them with a berry huller then place them on a baking sheet in single layers. Place them in the freezer until they are frozen solid (around 4 to 6 hours).

Then put them in freezer safe storage bags and store them in the freezer for up to six months. Make sure to write the date on the freezer bag so you know you put them in there.

How to Grow Them

One of the great things about growing strawberries is that you can either grow them in the ground or in planters. They are extremely hardy plants and do well either way. If you want to learn more about growing them in containers, make sure to check out our post on Container Gardening.

Strawberry Recipes

Baked Strawberry Donuts with Lemon Glaze
If you are looking for a new baked donut recipe that is easy to make that your family will love, this is it. These Baked Strawberry Donuts drizzled with a fresh lemon glaze are simply perfect. In fact, your family won’t believe you made them in the oven! Imagine warm donuts full of ripe strawberries and with just a hint of lemon. These will also work great as a afternoon snack with a cup of coffee!
Check out this recipe
Strawberry Watermelon Cupcakes
These cute Strawberry Watermelon Cupcakes are moist, easy to make, and are full of strawberry flavor! If you are looking for a new Summer dessert, this is it! Imagine enjoying sitting on the porch and noshing on a cupcake that has frosting that is full of fresh strawberries that you recently picked from the garden. I mean is there anything any better?
Check out this recipe
Strawberry Cupcakes with Watermelon Flavoring Oil on a wood plank
Homemade Strawberry Jam with Honey
Soon it will be time to pick all of those ripe strawberries. Looking for ways to use up all of those fresh berries? Our Homemade Strawberry Jam made with Honey is so easy! This 3 ingredient jam recipe doesn’t require pectin or sugar! This easy jam recipe to make Strawberry and Honey Jam will definitely be a new hit with your family!
Check out this recipe
Strawberries in a jar
The Best New York-Style Cheesecake
If you are craving a slice of East Coast Cheesecake but aren't going to be in New York anytime soon, then our recipe is exactly what you are looking for! Our rich and creamy cheesecake is easy to make and is topped with fresh strawberries. This New York-Style Cheesecake is baked, made with ingredients you already have in your kitchen, and can be left plain or topped with your favorite fruit.
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Red White and Blue Trifle
If you are looking for an Easy Summer treat that is full of ripe berries, that is no-bake, and is perfect for Memorial Day and 4th of July, this is one to save! Our easy Red White and Blue Trifle, made with store-bought cake, fresh berries, and topped with cool whip, is delicious, and a perfect dessert to share with your family and friends. If you are looking for a fun Patriotic dessert to take to a get together, this is it!
Check out this recipe
Pound cake, cool whip, and fresh berries
Refreshing Fruity Red Sangria
This refreshing Fruity Red Sangria is the prefect cold drink to enjoy on a hot Summer day when fresh fruit is at it's peak. Of course, there is really no bad time for a pitcher of Sangria. Once you make this simple Sangria, whether it's you make the non-alcoholic version or the alcoholic one, you will definitely want to make it again!
Check out this recipe
A glass of sangria with fruit
Fruit Cheesecake Sugar Cookie Cups
Fruit Cheesecake Sugar Cookie Cups are a fun way to get your kids to rethink fruit. Once they take a bite of this delicious cookie cup, the sweet taste of the sugar cookie and the cream cheese, they will forget all about the the fact they are also eating fruit. If you are looking for a new twist on a kid-friendly dessert to take to a Summer BBQ or picnic this year, this is it!
Check out this recipe
How to Make Fruit Cheesecake Sugar Cookie Cups

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