Strawberries are loved across the world, and for good reason too.
Today we share some interesting facts about these juicy little fruits to broaden your strawberry knowledge.
You never know when these may come in handy in a quiz or as a conversation starter…
Strawberries aren’t true berries as they grow from a single flower with more than one ovary – making them an aggregate fruit. True berries are simple fruits stemming from one flower with one ovary, and typically have several seeds.
Strawberries are the only fruit with their seeds on the outside. The average strawberry has around 200 seeds on them. No small wonder you can get seeds stuck between your teeth with just one small bite.
Strawberries are members of the rose family. The plant smells as delicious as they taste.
Strawberry plants are perennial, meaning that they grow back each year. They might not produce fruit immediately, but once it does, it will bear fruits for about five years.
Belgium has a museum dedicated to strawberries. At the gift shop you can purchase a variety of strawberry products, from jams to beer.
The ancient Romans thought that strawberries had medicinal powers. They used them as treatment for depression, fainting, fever, kidney stones and bad breath.
To store fresh strawberries, wash them and cut away the stems. However, if you want to keep them in the fridge for a few days, wait until you want to eat them before cleaning. Rinsing strawberries causes them to spoil quicker.
Strawberries can be picked, especially when they are green or unripe. If your berries are ripe or overripe, make jam.
Strawberries contain high levels of nitrate. This has shown to increase blood and oxygen flow to the muscles. Research suggests that people who load up on strawberries prior to exercising have increased endurance and burn more calories.
Whichever way you look at it, strawberries are a super fruit that deserve a place in your kitchen all year round.