Fresh, juicy, ripe strawberries are one of the best treats to enjoy during the summer. They’re great on their own, or baked in a pie, or made into jam, or served with vanilla ice cream—really, they are great no matter how you serve them. There are so many different ways to enjoy strawberries and so many benefits to eating them. To celebrate strawberry picking season, here are some interesting facts you didn’t know about strawberries!
Fact #1: Strawberries Are One of the Only Fruits with Its Seeds Outside
Did you know that strawberries are the only fruit with seeds on the outside? Some say that because of this, it cannot be considered a real berry (thus, see Fact #10 below), since all other berries have their seeds on the inside. The average strawberry has about 200 seeds on it!
Fact #2: Ancient Romans Believed They Had Medicinal Powers
Since ancient days, strawberries have been used for medical purposes. They were used by the Romans to alleviate symptoms of kidney stones, fainting, inflammation, melancholy, fever, gout, bad breath, throat infections, and diseases of the blood, liver, and spleen.
Fact #3: Strawberries May Help Reduce the Risk of Heart Disease & Certain Cancers
It wasn’t only the Romans who believed in the healing abilities of strawberries—today, there is research suggesting that they may have a role in reducing the risk of heart disease and certain cancers. They are low in calories and rich in vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin K, fibre, folic acid, amino acids, and potassium.
Fact #4: Strawberries Contain High Levels of Nitrate
Nitrate is a naturally occurring substance in the human body that helps oxygen move throughout the body. Oxygen is essential for the body to function properly. Strawberries contain high levels of nitrate, which can have a role in increasing blood and oxygen flow to the muscles in the body. This makes them the perfect snack before exercising, as they may increase endurance and help you burn more calories.
Fact #5: Strawberries Help with Weight Loss
Strawberries may aid in weight loss for the following reasons:
- They are an anti-inflammatory, helping the body effectively produce the hormones that keep you lean and regulate body weight
- They increase the body’s production of adiponectin (hormone), which can stimulate your metabolism and suppresses your appetite
- They contain substances that control the rise of blood sugar that occurs as a result of eating a starchy meal
Fact #6: Strawberries Are a Symbol of Perfection & Love
According to folklore, if you split a double strawberry in half and share it with someone of the opposite sex, you will fall in love. Medieval stone masons used to carve strawberry designs on altars, around the tops of church pillars, and other sacred places as a symbol of perfection.
Fact #7: Strawberries Can Be Pickled
It may sound unusual, but strawberries can also be pickled, especially when they are green or unripe. When they are overripe, however, they are perfect for making jam.
Fact #8: There Are Three Different Types of Strawberries
There are three different types of strawberries, and depending on the type you choose, each has its own distinct flavour and benefits. The three types of strawberries are determined based on the time of year they are produced.
- June bearing: These plants have a huge crop of strawberries each year. Generally, they are grown in June, but they can sprout earlier or later, depending on your zone.
- Everbearing: These plants have smaller sized crops but start producing as soon as there are 12 hours of daylight. They will continue to bear thereafter until the end of summer.
- Day-neutral: These strawberry plants have three peak times for fruiting—early June, mid-July, and late August. This provides a steady crop that spreads through the summer.
There are also many different types of strawberry plants, called varietals, including at Robintide Farms, Cabot, Cavendish, Honeyoye, Brunswick, AC Valley Sunset, St. Laurent, Sable and Malwina.
Fact #9: There Is a Museum Dedicated to Strawberries in Belgium
In Belgium, there is a gift shop called Le Musée de la Fraise, or The Strawberry Museum in English. At this museum, you can buy everything strawberry-related, from jam to beer.
Fact #10: Strawberries Aren’t Technically Berries
The most surprising fact of all is that strawberries (and raspberries), despite their appearance and name, are not actually berries. This is because their seeds are on the outside, whereas all berries are characterized by their seeds on the inside. Since they are a flowering plant, they belong to the rose family. Their botanical name is Fragaria ananassa.
Visit Robintide Farms This Strawberry Season
Aren’t strawberries fascinating? These interesting facts show just how significant these non-berries are to people around the world. If you want to enjoy strawberry picking this summer, visit Robintide Farms’ beautiful strawberry fields and enjoy the season with your loved ones.
Robintide Farms is a family-owned farm, and for over 50 years we have provided farm-fresh food and agricultural products, as well as horse breeding, training, and boarding services to our customers. We serve the Greater Toronto Area from Brampton to Markham and Toronto, and we are dedicated to providing fresh, healthy, and appetizing farm products to our customers.
When you visit our farm, you can pick your own strawberries, raspberries, and vegetables, such as green beans, green peas, snow peas, kale, swiss chard, potatoes, beets and radishes each June and July.
Robintide Farms is the perfect place to take your family on weekends or even weekdays to show them where their food comes from, how it is produced, and what its benefits are. If you are a health-conscious individual looking for farm-fresh products near you, then come and pick your own food at our strawberry farm in the GTA. You’ll love visiting our farm!