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What's in season in May 2016, and
other timely information:
Notes for May 2016: Strawberries have a very brief season;
and they start in early April in the South, May in most of the US, and early June in the North - don't miss them: See your
crop availability calendar for more specific dates of upcoming crops.
And see our guide to local
vegetable festivals, such as
strawberry festivals and
blueberry festivals. Cold weather crops, like spinach,
some lettuces, peas, kale, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, leeks and
early onions being harvested in all but the coldest regions. Many farms and markets still
have fresh winter squash, stored from last Autumn.
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Strawberries: Facts and Strawberry Trivia
See this page for easy
strawberry jam and preserves recipes and complete directions. And
this page shows you how to
freeze strawberries to use later!
- Berries on a straw? There is a legend that strawberries were named
in the nineteenth-century by English children who picked the fruit, strung
them on grass straws and sold them as "Straws of berries". Another theory is
the name was derived from the nineteenth-century practice (ands still today,
although most farms use raised beds, enclosed in plastic) of placing straw
around the growing berry plants to protect the ripening fruit. But the
most widely held view is that the name Strawberry was derived from the berries
that are "strewn" about on the plants, and the name "strewn berry" eventually
morphed into "Strawberry".
- The strawberry belongs to the genus Fragraria in the rose family, along
with apples and plums. The name of the scientific classification was derived
from the Old Latin word for fragrant. The modern Italian word for strawberry
is still "Fragola".
- Very berry or not? The strawberry is not classified by botanists as a
true berry. True berries, such as blueberries and cranberries have seeds inside.
The strawberry, however has its dry, yellow "seeds" on the outside (each of
which is actually considered a separate fruit).
- Native American
Indians called strawberries "heart-seed berries" and pounded them into their
traditional corn-meal bread. Discovering the great taste of the Native
Americans bread, colonists decided to create their own version, which became
an American favorite that we all know and love .. Strawberry Shortcake.
- Ornamental value - The English and French also found strawberries
used the beautiful heart-shaped berries to landscape their gardens. In
fourteenth-century France, Charles V ordered twelve hundred strawberry plants
to be grown in the Royal Gardens of the Louvre.
- Lovely berries - Strawberries have long been associated with love
and flirtation. At wedding breakfasts in provincial France, newlyweds
traditionally were served a soup of thinned sour cream, strawberries, borage
and powdered sugar. Miss that "borage"....
- Seedy characters - On the average, there are 200 tiny seeds in every
strawberry. If all the strawberries produced in California this year were laid
berry to berry, they'd wrap around the world 15 times. That's enough
strawberries to provide every U.S. household with 12 pint baskets.
- Are you weird?
Respondents to a recent national survey labeled strawberry lovers as "health
conscious, fun loving, intelligent and happy." Non-strawberry lovers, on the
other hand, were described as "weird, boring, stuffy--picky, fussy eaters who
avoid healthy foods."
Healthy Tips and Nutritional Facts
- Eight medium-sized strawberries contain 140% of the U.S. RDA for Vitamin
C. One cup of fresh strawberries provides about 88 milligrams of ascorbic
acid, which more than meets the Recommended Daily Dietary allowance of 45
milligrams for the average adult. Vitamin C is well retained when the
strawberries are handled carefully. Capping, injuring, cutting, or juicing,
however, will reduce the vitamin content.
- Strawberries are low in calories: one cup of unsweetened strawberries
has only 55 calories.
- In addition, strawberries are good sources of folic acid,
potassium and fiber. Strawberries are also fat-free and low in calories.
- If you're expecting a baby, you'll be very interested in some of the new
discoveries about folic acid. In fact, 8 strawberries have 20% of the folic
acid you need every day.
- Fresh juice from sieved strawberry pulp has a cooling effect on feverish
patients. For a cooling and purifying drink, either pour water on crushed
berries or chop the berries roughly and whirl in a blender with a little
- As part of the 5-a-day program suggested by the American Cancer
Institute, strawberries can also play a part in helping you to reduce the
risk of cancer or heart disease.
- Strawberry juice combined with honey will reduce inflammation or
sunburn. Rub the mixture thoroughly into the skin before rinsing off with
warm water and lemon juice.
- From the end of September through the end of October, strawberries
are planted and harvesting occurs from mid- December through mid-July in
Ventura County, CA, which produces more than 27 percent of the state's
strawberries. The peak harvesting season in California runs from April through
June, when up to 10 million pint baskets of strawberries are shipped daily.
- The largest producing state, California harvests 83% of the strawberries
grown in the U.S. on approximately 24,500 acres. And with about 5,000
commercial acres, Florida is the second largest producing state. Ideal
temperature for strawberry plants should not exceed higher than 78 degrees or
lower than 55 degrees.
- Every strawberry plant is hand-picked approximately every three days. This
is the time in which it takes for strawberries to complete their cycle of
turning from green to white to red. There is no storage of fresh strawberries.
After picking, they are rushed to coolers where huge fans extract the field
heat. Then they are delivered to supermarkets across the country via
Strawberry Fun Facts and Trivia courtesy of
The California Strawberry Commission
Also see this excellent PDF file from the University of California : "Strawberries:
safe methods to preserve, save and enjoy"
Strawberry desert recipes:
Here's a tasty desert that can also be very healthy!
- 1 (15-ounce) can fruit cocktail, or your favorite fruit, dice into 1/2
- 2 cups slice strawberries
- 1 (12-ounce) container of whipped cream, topping, Cool-Whip, etc. If you
use a fat free version of these, it can be healthier!
- 1 (3-ounce) box wild strawberry gelatin
- 1 cup cottage cheese (large or small curd); again regular, low fat or
- Drain juice from the fruit cocktail (you can save it to drink, if you
- Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.
- Refrigerate overnight.
- Keep refrigerated until ready to serve
Yield: 6-8 servings.