All about strawberries!
|March 12, 2009||Posted by admin under Agriculture, Produce|
Fresh Florida strawberries are plentiful right now. You can find them all over the region, from big supermarkets to local produce stands. At some places you can pick up 1 lb. packages for less than $2. In honor of all this seasonal goodness, here’s a list of random facts about strawberries:
- The US strawberry industry was worth over $1.5 billion in 2007.
- Cash receipts for Florida strawberries totaled $239 million in 2007.
- The United States is the top strawberry producing country in the world, followed by Spain.
- The strawberry was considered poisonous in Argentina until the mid-1800’s.
- Strawberries ranked #7 among Florida’s top commodities in 2007 (cash receipts).
- Madam Tallien (Our Lady of Thermidor), a great figure of the French Revolution, used to take baths full of strawberries to keep the full radiance of her skin.
- Florida was the 2nd highest producing state for strawberries in 2007 (15.8% of all strawberries in the U.S.).
- Many Lepidopterans (butterflies, moths and skinners) are known to feed on strawberry plants.
- The Garden Strawberry was first bred in Europe in the early 18th century. It was called “streawberige” in Old English.
- Cosmetically, they are supposedly used for whitening teeth. They can also be crushed and be used to exfoliate the skin.
- Watching your figure? One cup of strawberries contains only 45-50 calories.
- Ward off colds with strawberries – they are packed with vitamin C.
- You can find a lot more stats on Florida strawberries in the Florida Agriculture Statistical Directory
Best of all, Florida strawberries are extremely juicy and very tasty. So now that you are a strawberry know-it-all, go pick up a pack to make Chef Justin‘s Drop Red Gorgeous Tiramisu and invite me over (I’d settle for a Strawberry Panini if you’d prefer to make that :)).