• Over 53 percent of seven to nine year olds picked strawberries as their favorite fruit.

  • Eight strawberries will provide 140 percent of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C for kids.

  • Native forms of strawberries adapt to various climates and are indigenous to every major continent except Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

  • The fruit size of the very early strawberries was very small.

  • Seventy per cent of a strawberry's roots are located in the top three inches of soil.

  • Strawberries are the first fruit to ripen in the spring.

  • One cup of strawberries is only 55 calories.

  • There is a museum in Belgium just for strawberries.

  • Strawberries are a member of the rose family.

  • The flavor of a strawberry is influenced by weather, the variety and stage of ripeness when harvested.

  • On average, there are 200 seeds in a strawberry.

  • Ninety-four per cent of United States households consume strawberries.

  • According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the annual per capita consumption of fresh and frozen strawberries is 4.85 pounds.

  • Strawberries are grown in every state in the United States and every province of Canada.

  • California produces 75 percent of the nation's strawberry crops. According to the California Strawberry Advisory Board, California strawberries are available January through November, with peak quality and supply from March to May.

  • If all the strawberries produced in California in one year were laid berry to berry, they would go around the world 15 times.

  • California produces an amazing one billion pounds of strawberries each year.

  • Each acre of land in California in strawberry production produces an average of 21 tons of strawberries annually.

  • 23,000 acres of strawberries are planted in California each year.

  • Lebanon, Oregon's annual strawberry festival is home to the world's largest strawberry shortcake.

  • Americans eat 3.4 pounds of fresh strawberries each year plus another 1.8 pounds frozen per capita. Although strawberries are available in many forms—frozen, jam and jelly, and ice cream— nothing compares to the taste of a fresh vine ripened strawberry.

  • Strawberries are delicate, requiring gentle handling to prevent bruising. With today's shipping technology, strawberries are available year round, but at a cost. Commercial growers have produced resilient hybrid berries known for their shipping quality.

  • Florida is second in production. The Florida season runs from December to May and peaks during March and April. To meet the demand, winter strawberries are usually imported between November and May.

    Strawberries nutrition facts

    Delicious and nutrition-rich red colored strawberries are among the most popular berries. Native to Europe, however, nowadays the berries are widely cultivated as an important commercial crop in many temperate regions all over the world. Botanically, the plant is a runner (creeper); belongs to the family of Rosaceae, of the genus: Fragaria. 

    Scientific name: Fragaria X ananassa.

    Strawberries are among the most beloved of fruits - we craved them as children and gobble them up even today. They're emblematic of bright and cheery summertime days, and they're surprisingly versatile! Who doesn't love sinking their teeth into a humongous chocolate strawberry? Coat them with dark chocolate, white chocolate, almonds, whatever you like! Hand dipped strawberries are irresistible no matter what. But they're also a very unique plant for many other reasons. There's a lot about strawberries that you might not know, but it's actually quite an interesting fruit! Here are some of our favorite facts.

    Did you know that strawberries are the only fruit that have their seeds on the outside? Think about it! Those tiny little flecks are future strawberries, provided you don't chomp them down first. And if you're looking to start your own garden, you only really need one piece of fruit to get going. The average strawberry has a whopping 200 seeds!

    These plants are also quite historically significant, believe it or not. The ancient Romans put a lot of stock into the little guys - they believed that strawberries helped alleviate symptoms of melancholy, inflammation, fainting, fevers, blood disease, and pretty much any other ailment you could think of. Medieval stone masons used to carve strawberry designs on their altars and all around the tops of cathedrals and churches, as a symbol of perfection and righteousness.

    Some parts of Bavaria still use strawberries in their rituals. During the spring (strawberries are also the first fruit to ripen), they would tie small baskets of them to the horns of cattle and send them into the woods. It's believed that elves prefer strawberries above all other fruits and that offering them will in turn yield healthy calves and an abundant supply of milk in the near future.

    Back at home, strawberries are eaten by 94 percent of Americans! The average U.S. resident eats about 3.4 pounds of fresh strawberries a year, and an additional 1.8 pounds of the frozen stuff. More than half of kids between ages seven and nine listed strawberries as their favorite fruit, so give them a shot if you've got a picky eater at home.

    There are so many fascinating facts about these little guys that we could go on forever, but we think you get the drift. Strawberries have been a rich part of our lives for quite some time, and anyone who's ever had one can understand why!

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