Close-up of fresh strawberries on display in storeMay is national strawberry month, and even though it’s almost over it’s still worth taking a little time to appreciate this awesome fruit.

Strawberry Fun Facts

  1. They are NOT berries.
  2. Strawberries are the only fruit with seeds on the outside.
  3. Though they’ve grown in the wild for thousands of years, the first garden cultivated strawberries were grown in France a few hundred years ago.
  4. California produces the most strawberries in the United States, accounting for about 80% of the countries production.State of California flag map
  5. Strawberry plants are closely related to roses… Thankfully they don’t have thorns!
  6. Unlike many other fruits, strawberries don’t ripen after they have been harvested.
  7. You should remove strawberry caps (stems) only after washing them. Without caps, water can actually leak inside the fruit and ruin the flavor.
  8. One serving of strawberries contains about 160% of your daily vitamin c amount.
  9. Eat ‘em quick! After 2 days of storage, strawberries lose a significant amount of their vitamin c and antioxidant content.
  10. According to World’s Healthiest there is some evidence to suggest that Strawberries might actually help prevent blood sugar spikes!
  11. 36 to 38 degrees is the best temperature to store strawberries.
  12. A plastic Straw is a great way to hull strawberries 
  13. The average strawberry has about 200 seeds.
  14. We’re wild about Strawberries in the United States! Since 2001, the average person has increased their strawberry consumption from about 4.21 lbs per year to 7.34 pounds per year in 2011.
  15. Strawberries served at room temperature taste sweeter than cold ones.Frozen Strawberries
  16. Forget oatmeal baths!  Madame Tallien, a women in Napoleon’s court reportedly used to enjoy bathing in strawberry juice.
  17. Strawberries are one of a few plants that have had their entire genome sequenced.
  18. Strawberry juice combined with honey can be used as a sunburn treatment.
  19. Native American’s called Strawberries “Heart-seed berries” and used them as part of their corn-meal bread.
  20. In medieval times, strawberries were often carved into churches and cathedrals to represent perfection and righteousness.
  21. Strawberries tend to be very popular with kids, one survey showed about 53% of nine-year-olds pick strawberries as their favorite fruit.

Stop by your local Sparkle Market and pick up some fresh strawberries today!