Where would the Pavlova be without the strawberry? In fact, where would the Kiwi Christmas be without the strawberry? Did you know that the strawberry is actually a member of the rose family? If you are not completely over strawberries, then read on – we will give you some interesting facts about strawberries.
Strawberry season has well and truly started here in New Zealand, running from November to February. Yay.
Strawberries can be traced back to the Romans and Greeks. However, the modern strawberry can be traced back to the experiments of a French horticulturist from the 1700s who crossed a North American strawberry with a Chilean one.
Each strawberry has, on average, 200 seeds on the outside. Because strawberries have seeds on the outside, they are not truly berries. Real berries, such as blueberries, have seeds on the inside.
Strawberries will grow in most parts of New Zealand. Personally I find it hard to grow strawberries. This is because there are too many little fingers helping me in my horticultural activities. Strawberries are plucked before they are ripe or gobbled before I get a chance to harvest them.
Ideally however strawberries are grown in raised beds with something soft between them and the earth they grown in. Once successfully growing, strawberry plants can produce fruit for several years, however, the fruit quality can decline after the first year. For some of our previous thoughts on strawberry growing, see Strawberry Sunday.
Or start making some strawberry jam. The little ones are the best ones to make.
Mummy to three small boys