When spring starts, there are many things that excite people. For many, however, it would be strawberries. It is the first fruit that will ripen during the season. They may be tiny, but they have a distinct flavor that is well-loved by many people. Some of you may be lucky enough that they grow in your region. But, if you live in a place where climate is not attractive for strawberries to survive, you have no option but to spend money just to enjoy them.
A lot of you are probably guilty of not knowing a lot about strawberries. We cannot blame you. All that we know is that it is delicious and tasty. Do you know how to grow this plant? Do you know the different types of strawberries? Do you know where they are from. If you are curious on anything and everything about strawberries, keep on reading the rest of this post and we’ll share some interesting insights!
What Is Strawberry?
Let us start with a very basic question. They belong to Rosaceae family, or in layman’s term, rose. It has been around since the Roman times when it became popular because of its medicinal value. Today, it is still full of nutrients but there are more varieties that are available.
One of the most interesting things that you have to know about strawberry is that it is the only fruit where the seeds can be found on the outside. You might also be surprised once you know how many seeds it has. Willing to take a guess? Well, stop now! We’ll let you know. An average fruit contains an average of 200 seeds!
Although strawberries ripen during the spring season, it is important to note that this is a perennial plant. This means that it will grow every year. There is no need to replant. It might not bear fruit when not in season, but it is a good thing that there is no need to replant it annually.
Types and Varieties of Strawberries
If we are going to talk about the different species and sub-specie of strawberry, this article will not be enough. According to the USDA Germaplasm Resources Information Network, there are more than 103 species and sub-species of strawberry.
There are different ways by which it will be possible to classify strawberries, and one of the most common is through the time by which they bear fruit. In this case, they can be categorized into three:
- June Bearing: Obviously, this is the type of strawberry that bears its fruit in the month of June. It can be earlier or later in the month, depending on the specific area where you live. They usually bear the largest fruit from the three.
- Ever-bearing: This type, on the other hand, will bear fruit with modest size. It will start to show fruits once you start to experience daylight for up to 12 hours.
- Day-Neutral: In this type of strawberry, you can expect the fruit to show up three times in a year – early June mid-July, and late August.
Benefits of Eating Strawberry
Strawberry is well-loved by many not only because of its delicious fruit, but also because it can deliver an abundance of health benefits, including the following:
- Improve Eye Health: One of the best things about strawberries is that they have lots of antioxidants, which will be vital in the improvement of your vision. Some of the antioxidants that you can find in this fruit include elagic acid, phelonic phytochemicals, and flavonoids. They can help in the prevention of damage to your optical nerves.
- Boost the Immune System: If you want the body to have greater defense against common health problems, you might also want to consider eating more strawberries. It has a high concentration of Vitamin C, which is one of the reasons why it improves immunity from diseases.
- Prevent Arthritis: Another good thing about strawberry is its ability to ease inflammation. The antioxidant that is found in its fruit is one of the reasons why it can deliver such benefit. It helps to lower the amount of C-reactive protein in the blood, which is often the culprit for inflammation.
- Perfect for Weight Watchers: If you are trying to lose weight, you might also want to consider munching on strawberries. It is a god source of fiber, which will help to make you feel fuller longer. Also, it is low in calories. In fact, one cup of fresh strawberries contains only 54 calories.
- Improve Heart Health: In 2013, from a journal called Circulation, it has been asserted that eating more strawberries in a week reduced the susceptibility to heart attack of 32% of the participants.
- Protect the Skin: The damage that can be caused by the harsh heat of the sun can be prevented if you consume strawberries, which are high in anthocyanin, one of the most popular forms of antioxidants. This will improve the defense of the body against free radical damage.
If you are interested in planting strawberries in the garden, the following are some of the most important things to keep in mind:
- Choose the Right Variety: This means that you should pick a plant depending on the time that you want it to bear fruits.
- Inspect for Visual Signs of Plant Damage: This is important as the strawberry grows. Do not be afraid to take out any leaf that seems to be sick. This will prevent the disease from spreading to the healthy parts of the plant.
- Find the Right Spot: This will encourage optimal growth of the strawberry and will be largely instrumental of the fruit it will bear. Ideally, it should be planted in a spot that is sunny and warm.
- Ensure the Health of the Soil: Get rid of weeds that will damage the plant and absorb the nutrients that will be needed by strawberry to grow. Adding compost is also a good idea.
- Watering: Regular watering is needed to make sure of the absorption of the nutrients that are needed for survival. However, you should also prevent overwatering the plant. When watering, focus on the crown and not on the fruit.
Interesting Facts about Strawberries
If you have been bored with the discussions above, here are some of the interesting things that you should also know:
- It is not a berry. Despite its name, this is not an actual berry. Surprisingly, actual berries are watermelons, bananas, and tomatoes, among others. As it has been earlier mentioned, strawberry belongs to the rose family.
- The largest strawberry weighs more than half a pound. The Guinness World Records recognizes the largest strawberry in the world is from Japan, grown by Koji Nakao. It is 8.8 ounces. It is way heavier than a traditional strawberry, which weighs only one ounce.
- They are popular in the Wimbledon. Chicken wings are associated with football. Hot dogs are popular during baseball games. When it comes to tennis, on the other hand, strawberries and cream are popularly eaten, especially amongst people from the high society.
- There is such a thing as Strawberry Museum and you can find it in Belgium. At Musee de la Fraise, you can find almost anything that use strawberry, such as strawberry beer. It is located in a town with climate and soil that is perfect for growing strawberry.
- It is believed by ancient Romans that strawberries are miraculous because of their healing powers. They were used in traditional Roman medicine for the treatment of depression, fever, and kidney stones, among other health problems.
If you love strawberries, we hope that the things discussed above were helpful. It is now time to impress your friends with new knowledge that you have learned. From now on, every time you eat a strawberry, you can share one interesting fact or two with your friend.