Strawberry is a member of the Rosaceae (Rose) family and goes by the scientific name of Fragaria x ananassa. The letter “x” in its name indicates that strawberry is of hybrid origin and, in the case of strawberry, of two different species.
It is unclear where the name “strawberry” came from, but it has been part of the English language for more than a thousand years, so long before they were cultivated as farm or garden edibles. It is commonly believed to have derived from the Old English word “streawberige”, a reference to the habit of growing cultivated berries on a bed of straw, and when the berries were harvested, they were also often strung on a straw blade and sold that way as a “straw of berries”. Still others think that the name comes from the word meaning “to strew,” because the plant’s runners stray in all directions and look as if they are strewn on the ground.
The scientific name Fragaria refers to the sweet fragrance of the berries. This genus contains more than 20 species of flowering plants and is a member of the Rose Family: like apples, pears, raspberries, and cherries. The beautiful white or pink flowers look just like tiny single roses
The perfect name to doubtless the best berry ever created.