-->

It's National Pick Strawberries Day!

20 May 2018   Lynne LaMaster
Today, May 20, is National Pick Strawberries Day. 

You may not have a harvest of strawberries ready for picking in your own backyard. No worries, you can work on that for next year. But, you can go out to Mortimer Farms now and take part in U-Pick Strawberries

Yes, those juicy fruits are ready and waiting for the pickin’. According to Sharla Mortimer, "Our U-Pick strawberries are going crazy!"

Here are some interesting facts about strawberries that you may not know:

  • Strawberries are actually a member of the rose family
  • Strawberries are the only fruit that has its seeds on the outside
  • Strawberries have an average of 200 seeds per fruit
  • Strawberries have been enjoyed since Roman times, where they were thought to have medicinal powers.
  • The modern garden strawberry was developed in 1714 by a French engineer commissioned in Chile & Peru.
  • There is a museum dedicated to strawberries in Belgium.
  • Arizona has an unincorporated community named Strawberry, with a population of about 961. 
  • In France, strawberries are thought to be an aphrodisiac.
  • Strawberries are super healthy. They are an excellent source of:
    • Vitamin C
    • Vitamin K
    • Fiber
    • Folic Acid
    • Manganese
    • Potassium
    • Phytonutrients
    • Flavanoids
  • Load up on strawberries before exercise and get greater endurance and burn more calories.
  • You can make tea out of the strawberry leaves
  • Strawberry plants are perennials - if you plant one now, it will come back next year, and the next year…
  • Americans each eat an average of 3 1/2 pounds of fresh strawberries per year. (Is that all?)
  • In a study, more than 1/2 of nine-year-olds picked strawberries as their favorite fruit
  • Strawberries are grown in every state if the US and in every province of Canada
  • California produces about 80% of the strawberries grown in the US - about 2 Billion pounds per year

When storing fresh strawberries, if they’re going to be in the fridge a few days, wait until you eat them to rinse. Rinsing can speed up spoilage. If you’re going to eat them soon, you can wash them and cut the stem away. Or, try this life hack:

 

Here’s an idea: After removing the stem with a straw, using a frosting tube, stuff the strawberry with whipped cream, chocolate or cream cheese. 

Here’s another idea: 

By the way, tomorrow (Monday, May 21) is National Strawberries and Cream Day. So, be sure to pick plenty for at least two days of strawberry joy!