Mau 14, 2010
found a fantastic site with lots of
information on strawberries, one of my
very favourite fruits. It has recipes
including this wonderful Strawberry and
Spinach salad, all kinds of facts, and a
whole lot more. If you are into
strawberries, then this is a great place
to start learning more about them. Also
worth noting is that the site is also
for our friends who speak Spanish. Enjoy
your strawberries knowing a little bit
more about them now and even if the site
is state specific the information it
contains is for everyone who loves and
grows this tasty treat.
- Over 53 percent of seven to nine
year olds picked strawberries as
their favorite fruit.
- Eight strawberries will provide
140 percent of the recommended daily
intake of Vitamin C for kids.
- Native forms of strawberries
adapt to various climates and are
indigenous to every major continent
except Africa, Australia and New
- The fruit size of the very early
strawberries was very small.
- Seventy per cent of a
strawberry's roots are located in
the top three inches of soil.
- Strawberries are the first fruit
to ripen in the spring.
- One cup of strawberries is only
- There is a museum in Belgium
just for strawberries.
- Strawberries are a member of the
- The flavor of a strawberry is
influenced by weather, the variety
and stage of ripeness when
- On average, there are 200 seeds
in a strawberry.
- The strawberry is the only fruit
with the seeds on the outside of the
- Ninety-four per cent of United
States households consume
- According to the United States
Department of Agriculture, the
annual per capita consumption of
fresh and frozen strawberries is
- Strawberries are grown in every
state in the United States and every
province of Canada.
- California produces 75 percent
of the nation's strawberry crops.
According to the California
Strawberry Advisory Board,
California strawberries are
available January through November,
with peak quality and supply from
March to May.
- If all the strawberries produced
in California in one year were laid
berry to berry, they would go around
the world 15 times.
- California produces an amazing
one billion pounds of strawberries
- Each acre of land in California
in strawberry production produces an
average of 21 tons of strawberries
- 23,000 acres of strawberries are
planted in California each year.
- Lebanon, Oregon's annual
strawberry festival is home to the
world's largest strawberry
- Americans eat 3.4 pounds of
fresh strawberries each year plus
another 1.8 pounds frozen per
capita. Although strawberries are
available in many forms—frozen, jam
and jelly, and ice cream— nothing
compares to the taste of a fresh
vine ripened strawberry.
- Strawberries are delicate,
requiring gentle handling to prevent
bruising. With today's shipping
technology, strawberries are
available year round, but at a cost.
Commercial growers have produced
resilient hybrid berries known for
their shipping quality.
- Florida is second in production.
The Florida season runs from
December to May and peaks during
March and April. To meet the demand,
winter strawberries are usually
imported between November and May.
Strawberry and Spinach Salad
This spring salad is teaming with
Vitamin A and Vitamin C. The bright
green of the spinach and contrasting red
of the strawberries is beautiful and the
flavors are excellent together.
1 pint fresh strawberries
2 bunches fresh spinach
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons minced green onion
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup balsamic or cider vinegar
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1. Wash strawberries under cool
running water. Remove caps and set aside
2. Wash spinach and remove large tough
stems. Tear large leaves into small
3. In a medium bowl combine remaining
ingredients and whisk together.
4. Slice strawberries into halves or
quarters and place in a large bowl. Add
5. Pour dressing over all and toss.
Makes 8 servings.
Everything you wanted to know about
strawberries, including the location of
nearby u-pick farms, is available on a
University of Illinois Extension
Strawberries and More (
) covers a wide variety of topics
related to the tasty treat.
“The web site includes information on
how to grow strawberries, common
diseases and pests that affect the
plants, how to select and care for
strawberry plants, nutrition, and
recipes,” said Jane Scherer, U of I
Extension urban programs specialist and
director of Extension’s web sites.
“You can also find u-pick strawberry
farms in Illinois, Michigan, Indiana,
The site was developed by Ron Wolford, U
of I Extension horticulture educator,
and Drusilla Banks, U of I Extension
specialist, food science and nutrition