Happy Friday! Fridays we are going to learn some food facts. This new series on Inspired Appetite is going to help us discover some fun and intersting tidbits about the foods we enjoy. To kick off the series I am going to share my love for strawberries!
- Strawberries are my favorite fruit in the whole wide world! (Just thought I should get that out from the start)
- There are over 600 varities of strawberries grown all over the world – including Alaska Pioneer, Calypso, Daybreak, Sweet Charlie, to name a few.
- Strawberries are the only fruit to have the seeds on the outside of the fruit
- On average the strawberry has 200 seeds
- When I was little I could not pronounce strawberry, I called them Bawberries
- Strawberries are super healthy with only 50 calories in one cup and almost 4 grams of fiber. (They are sweet and cute so that helps them)
- The name strawberry comes from the old growing method of placing a layer of straw around the plants to keep them off the soil
- Originally the only strawberries were wild. They were not cultivated until the 15th century and in the US as early as 1643
- When my husband was wooing me he made me Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake (It worked!) I will make it for you soon!
- There are a number of songs who serenade these little berries – Strawberry Avalanche (Owl City) Strawberry Fields Forever (The Beatles) Strawberry Swing (Coldplay) Strawberry Wine (Deana Carter)
- Cities all across the United States celebrate the strawberries with festivals in their honor – Florida Strawberry Festival (Plant City), Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival (LA), Garden Grove Strawberry Festival (CA), Poteet Strawberry Festival (TX), Cedarburg Wisconsin’s Strawberry Festival, West Virginia Strawberry Festival, Strawberry Music Festival (Yosemite, CA)
- Chocolate Covered Strawberries are one of my favorite desserts or snacks, depending on the time of day and my mood!
Facts are with the assistance of www.wishfarms.com and A History of Food by Maguelonne Toussaint-Samat.