Strawberry. We love our ‘rawbs – there is a legend that strawberries were named In the nineteenth century by English children who picked the fruit, strung them on grass straws and sold them as “Straws of Berries”. well there you go.
They are the only fruit to have their seeds on the outside
It’s technically not a fruit at all – in ‘botanical’ terms, the strawberry is just the swollen base of the strawberry flower. The plant’s real fruit is the small, hard pips on the outside. Oh well. They still taste good…
Speaking of seeds, on every strawberry there’s an average of 200 seeds!
With all of the strawberries that California, USA produces in a year, you could wrap around the world 15 times.
Are you weird? Respondents to a recent US national survey labelled strawberry lovers as “health conscious, fun loving, intelligent and happy.” Non-strawberry lovers, on the other hand, were described as “weird, boring, stuffy-picky, fussy eaters who avoid healthy foods.”
Freeze dried strawberries were one of the early foods provided by NASA to feed astronauts so they are, quite literally we think, an out of this world eating experience!
Strawbs are highly adaptable – they can grow in a range of climates and areas, from Sweden to the middle of Africa!
Why they’re good for you…
It takes just eight strawberries to give you more than 20% of the daily recommended folate intake (handy to know if you’re expecting – a baby that is) and more vitamin C than an orange. Folate is a water soluble B vitamin which helps prevent birth defects such as spina bifida in newborn babies.
Strawberries are the richest fruit source of antioxidants after blueberries and cranberries. They’re also high in our old friend dietary fibre & one of the lowest calorie fruits available making them QUITE the fruit.