Last month Stew and I started to notice that strawberries in the grocery store were really starting to look and taste better. Strawberries with fat free sugar free Cool Whip or fat free Greek frozen yogurt is basically our go-to healthy dessert, so we were pretty excited. This sparked a conversation about strawberries as we were having breakfast on Easter morning...
According to my mother, you can tell the origin of strawberries based on the color you see when you cut them open. Strawberries that are white on the inside typically come from Southern California/Mexico, and strawberries that are red all the way through come from the Pacific Northwest (usually later in the season).
I thought that was pretty interesting, and immediately made a mental note to write a Live & Learn post to share my newfound knowledge.
However, when I went online to find some more information and possibly a source, I couldn't find anything! I'll have to ask my mom where she came up with that little tidbit.
But in the meantime, I did learn some other interesting facts about strawberries...
Strawberries are the only fruit that wear their seeds on the outside.
The average berry is adorned with some 200 of them.
Strawberries aren’t true berries, like blueberries or even grapes.
Technically, a berry has its seeds on the inside. And, to be extra technical, each seed on a strawberry is considered by botanists to be its own separate fruit.
Strawberries are members of the rose family.
Should you come upon a bush of them growing, you’ll see: they smell as sweet as they taste.
Americans eat an average of three-and-a-half pounds of fresh strawberries each per year.
It’s closer to five pounds if you count frozen ones.
California produces some 80% of the strawberries in the U.S.
They grow about two billion pounds of the heart-shaped fruits per year.
So there you have it. More than you ever thought you'd want to know about strawberries.
Live & Learn, my friends!
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