Strawberries 101

 

Strawberry Fact 1.

Strawberries are the only fruit that wear their seeds on the outside. The average berry is adorned with some 200 of them. No wonder it only takes one bite to get seeds stuck in your teeth.

Strawberry Fact 2.

Strawberries aren’t true berries, like blueberries or even grapes. Technically, a berry has its seeds on the inside. And, to be über technical, each seed on a strawberry is considered by botanists to be its own separate fruit. Whoa, meta!

Strawberry Fact 3.

Strawberries are members of the rose family. Should you come upon a bush of them growing, you’ll see: they smells sweet as they taste.

Strawberry Fact 4.

The strawberry plant is a perennial. This means if you plant one now, it will come back next year and the following and the year after that. It may not bear fruit immediately, but once it does, it will remain productive for about five years.

Strawberry Fact 5.

Belgium has a museum dedicated to strawberries. In the gift shop at Le Musée de la Fraise (The Strawberry Museum), you can buy everything from strawberry jam to strawberry beer.

Strawberry Fact 6.

Native Americans ate strawberries long before European settlers arrived. As spring’s first fruit, they were a treat, eaten freshly picked or baked into cornbread.

Strawberry Fact 7.

The ancient Romans thought strawberries had medicinal powers. They used them to treat everything from depression to fainting to fever, kidney stones, bad breath and sore throats.

Strawberry Fact 8.

Sex & Strawberries? In France, where they’re believed to be an aphrodisiac.... strawberries are served to newlyweds at traditional wedding breakfasts in the form of a creamy sweet soup.

Strawberry Fact 9.

Strawberries are believed to help reduce the risk of heart disease and certain cancers. They are low in calories and high in vitamins C, B6, K, fiber, folic acid, potassium and amino acids.

Strawberry Fact 10.

Strawberries contain high levels of nitrate. This has been shown to increase blood and oxygen flow to the muscles. Research suggests that people who load up on strawberries before exercising have greater endurance and burn more calories.

Strawberry Fact 11.

To store fresh strawberries, wash them and cut the stem away. However, if you plan to keep them in the fridge for a few days, wait until before you eat them to clean them. Rinsing them speeds up spoiling.

Strawberry Fact 12.

Strawberries can also be pickled. Especially when picked green or unripe. If your berries are overripe, make jam!

 

Sourced from “Food republic “ Website

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