Strawberries date back to Ancient Rome where it was seen as the symbol of Venus, goddess of love. This was because of its bright red colour and powerful taste. In astrology, strawberries are also associated with the planet Venus. Furthermore, legend has it that if you break a double strawberry in half and share it with a member of the opposite sex, you will fall in love with each other.
This tantalising heart-shaped fruit has always implied purity, passion and healing. It has been used in stories, literature and paintings through the ages.
In Othello, Shakespeare decorated Desdemonda’s handkerchief with symbolic strawberries.
Madame Tallien, a conspicuous figure at the court of the Emperor Napoleon, was famous for bathing in the juice of fresh strawberries. She used 22 pounds per basin!
In parts of Bavaria, country folk still practice the annual rite each spring of tying small baskets of wild strawberries to the horns of their cattle as an offering to elves. They believe that the elves, passionately fond of strawberries, will help to produce healthy calves and abundance of milk in return.
The American Indians were already eating strawberries when the Colonists arrived. They crushed the fruit, mixed it with cornmeal and baked it into strawberry bread. This is what inspired the Colonists to develop their own version of the recipe, resulting in strawberry shortcake.
Queen Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII, had a strawberry-shaped birthmark on her neck. This made for a good conspiracy theory that she was a witch.
During medieval times, when stone masons carved strawberry designs on altars and around the tops of pillars in churches and cathedrals, it symbolize precision and morality.
In modern days, some believe that, if you dream about strawberries, it symbolizes health, healing or romance. Dreams about strawberries, therefore, are usually interpreted as having a positive meaning. They often reflect a good-hearted nature and a gentle side of a dreamer’s personality.
It is clear that throughout the times, and even today, strawberries are a recipe for love, passion and dreams.