Berry Fun Facts

Berries contain 140 percent of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C for kids. Vitamin C is important for the development of healthy bones and teeth. It also helps to fight off colds!

| Strawberries are rich in nitrate, which increases the flow of blood & oxygen to your muscles. This makes exercise easier, so you can get big and strong.

 

| Nutritional experts have recently named strawberries a nutritional “super food,” as a result of their being an excellent source of antioxidants, Vitamin C, potassium, folate and fiber.

 

| Some say that fresh strawberry juice has a cooling effect on feverish patients. Whether you are feeling feverish or just want to stay cool, you can chop up strawberries and whirl them in a blender with a little water. Pour over ice, and enjoy.

 

| Strawberry juice combined with honey can reduce inflammation and pain from a sunburn. Rub the mixture thoroughly into the skin before rinsing off with warm water and lemon juice.

 

| In order to grow, strawberries need as much as 6 hours of direct sunlight every day.

 

| Every strawberry plant is hand-picked approximately every three days. This is the time it takes for strawberries to complete their cycle of turning from green to white to red.

 

| Strawberry fragrance is almost as strong as a rose because 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.”

 

| Scientists don’t classify strawberries as a true berry!  That’s because true berries, like 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). Therefore, botanists don’t classify the strawberry as a true berry.