Strawberries are some of nature’s sweetest treats! They taste so good, we practically put them everywhere – in lipsticks, candy, cakes, perfumes, and even on paper to give it an extra nice smell. And, for some of us, they are just not sweet enough and could do with layering in chocolate or sugar!
However you like your strawberries, knowing more about them is always good. With that in mind, here are some sweet and fun facts about strawberries to clue you in.
1. They’re super-seedy!
We all know that strawberries have seeds all around them. But did you know that the average strawberry has about 200 hundred seeds on it? Imagine the time it’d take to remove them all… trust us, there’s really no need!
2. To berry or not to berry?
Technically speaking, strawberries are not really berries. Berries are defined by having seeds on the inside and cannot come from a single ovary. Therefore strawberries are in a league of their own. We know, it blew our minds, too.
3. Hello, spring!
A good way of knowing that spring is here is by noticing if strawberries are ripening! There are the first fruits to ripen in the spring – a tasty way to welcome brighter weather, then! Why not mark the occasion by picking your own?
4. Strawberries galore!
As you may know, one strawberry plant can grow many strawberries! And, since the plants are so small, only one acre of land can grow up to about 50,000 pounds! You’d need a big freezer to keep them all fresh, that’s for sure.
5. Where are strawberries grown?
Here in the US, strawberries are grown in every single state! Therefore, it’s not too difficult to get your own local strawberries with your groceries. Check the next punnet you buy and see who to thank!
6. California strawberrying…
That being said, chances are that you are eating strawberries from California. This is because California is the biggest producer of strawberries in the country, producing a whopping one billion pounds of the fruit every year!
7. It’s natural medicine!
Strawberries have been used for more than just food for centuries. In fact, the Ancient Romans used to use them for dealing with fevers, sore throats, and even depression. No wonder so many of us feel happier after a nice bowl of strawberries and cream…
8. Sweet or sour?
It’s super-easy to either fall for a very sweet or a sour-tasting strawberry. However, did you know that the flavor of each individual strawberry depends on the variety of the plant, its ripeness, of course, the weather, and when it was harvested?
9. Hot or cold?
Like all plants, strawberries enjoy a super-specific temperature to grow strong. Ideally, they grow best in areas between 55º and 78º degrees Fahrenheit. That should be easy enough to manage in a greenhouse or even indoors if you won’t want to risk bugs getting at your plants!
10. Is growing strawberries difficult?
It’s pretty easy to grow strawberries! You can place one whole strawberry in the ground, which can easily grow from seed – however, they are more commonly grown via runners.
FAQs about Strawberries
What are the benefits of eating strawberries?
Is it good to eat strawberries every day?
It is perfectly fine to eat strawberries every day, but remember to limit yourself! While they are good for you, too much of anything can become a bad thing - so, ideally, you should eat no more than eight strawberries a day. They’re rich in natural sugars.
Are strawberries good for dogs?
Yes, strawberries can be perfect treats for dogs! They are full of vitamin C, which is great for our four-legged friends. However, they are also pretty high in sugar, so try to keep them as a special treat rather than a regular thing!
Do you know any fun facts about strawberries? Share them in the comments below!