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.
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.
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.