Facts About Strawberries


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There are many interesting facts about strawberries that serve to enhance our appreciation for this sweet and nutritious fruit with significant health benefits - a favorite around the world.

Did you know that strawberries were widely thought to be poisonous in Argentina until the mid 1800's?

That 1 cup of whole strawberries has enough vitamin C to to fulfill your entire day's requirement? Here are more strawberry nutrition facts.

Or that strawberries are not berries at all, but belong to the rose family?

You can share in a piece of the world's largest strawberry shortcake at the annual Strawberry Festival in Lebanon Oregon.

There is a Strawberry Museum in Belgium

Strawberries can be successfully grown in every US state and in every Canadian province.

There is evidence that humans have used strawberries as food or medicine since the Iron Age. The history of strawberries as we know them today is an interesting one.

Where are Strawberries Grown?

Strawberry plants are extremely easy to grow, and can be successfully grown just about anywhere. In colder climates, they happily lie dormant through the winter and re-emerge in springtime. In warmer climates, they do not overwinter in the soil, but new plants are set out every year.

Strawberry plants' main requirements are well-drained soil, and a good balance of sun and rain/watering during the fruit formation season.

They are in fact so easy to grow that they have been suggested as potential cash crops for developing nations such as Bangledesh.

Based on 2008 data, the top strawberry producing nations worldwide (production in tonnes) were:

1. USA 1,148,503

2. Spain 263,900

3. Turkey 250,316

4. Russia 230,400

5. S. Korea 203,227

6. Japan 193,000

7. Mexico 176,396

8. Poland 174,578

9. Germany 158,658

10. Egypt 104,000

11. Morocco 100,000

12. Italy 57,670

Kinds of Strawberries

1. Short-day or June bearing These require an average of less than 14 hrs of daylight and/or temperatures under 60°F for flowers to develop. As the name suggests, they generally bear fruit in the spring only, unless grown in areas with cool summer temperatures such as coastal California.

2. Everbearing These cultivars fruit throughout the growing season provided temperatures are not too high. There are two types of everbearers:

a. Long-day Days with 14 hours or more of daylight promote fairly continuous flowering through the summer, as long as temperatures are not too high.

b. Day-neutrals The number of hours of daylight has no effect on flowering. These strawberries will flower several times per year, on both longer and shorter days.

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