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Historical Facts

Strawberries are thought to have been cultivated in ancient Rome.

The strawberry, as we know it, was originally grown in northern Europe, but species are also found in Russia, Chile, and the United States.

The berries seem to be strewn among the leaves of the plant. The plant first had the name strewberry, which later was changed to strawberry.

In France strawberries were cultivated in the 13th Century for use as a medicinal herb.

Historical Medicinal Uses of Fragaria Vesca (Alpine Strawberry):
It is said that the leaves, roots and fruits of this variety of strawberry were used for a digestive or skin tonic. Internally, the berry was used for diarrhea and digestive upset, while the leaves and the roots were used for gout. Externally, it was used for sunburn and skin blemishes, and the fruit juice was used for discolored teeth.

The first American species of strawberries was cultivated about 1835


The first important American variety, the Hoveg, was grown in 1834, in Massachusetts. The hybrid variety was developed in France.

The strawberry is considered one of the most important small fruits grown in the Western Hemisphere. Today every state in the United States and every province in Canada grows the strawberry plant.

Credits: Much of the information in this and the next fact section was originally provided by Jennifer L. Hoff, from her 6th grade Report on strawberries, Plymouth Middle School, Plymouth, MN, December 3rd, 1995. Additions and corrections have also been added by Jenni A. Merrifield.

Berry Facts

Storage facts:
Do not wash berries until you are ready to use them.
Hull them after you washed them.
Refrigerate strawberries immediately.
Wrap them loosely in a plastic bag. Poke some holes in the bag.

If you like to pick your own fresh strawberries, remember to always leave the green cap on the berry. This will help them stay fresh longer. Strawberries don't ripen after they are picked, so be very picky when picking your berries.

On the average, there are 200 tiny seeds in every strawberry


Residents of Nova Scotia eat the most strawberries in Canada, about 20 bowls per person.

8 strawberries have more Vitamin C than an orange? Well, it's true. And strawberries have only 50 calories per serving and no cholesterol or saturated fats.

The World Capital of Strawberries:  Wepion, Belgium

The Winter Strawberry Capital of the World:  Plant City, Florida