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A FEW INTERESTING THINGS ABOUT STRAWBERRIES

*The strawberry plant, and its good friend the raspberry plant, are both members of the rose family.

*The Romans loved their wild strawberries – and not only for their taste. They believed strawberries could cure a number of illnesses as well as bad breath.

*Eight strawberries have more Vitamin C than an orange – that’s 140% of daily recommended amounts.

*Life’s all about balance – a 100g serving of strawberries will set you back just 50 calories – that’s 0g of fat.

*Strawberries are the only fruit with seeds on the outside.

*The average strawberry has 200 seeds.

*As a symbol of perfection and righteousness, medieval stone masons carved strawberry designs on altars and around the tops of pillars in churches and cathedrals.

*Strawberries are the first fruit to ripen in the spring.

*There is a museum in Belgium just for strawberries.

*In parts of Bavaria, country folk still practice the annual rite each spring of tying small baskets of wild strawberries to the horns of their cattle as an offering to elves. They believe that the elves are passionately fond of strawberries and by offering them the fruit they will get healthy calves and an abundance of milk in return.

*As a prominent figure in Emperor Napoleon’s court, Madame Tallien, was famous for bathing in the juice of fresh strawberries. She used 22 pounds per basin – she did not bathe daily!

*Strawberries are low fat, low calorie; high in fibre (as well as Vitamin C) folic acid, potassium.

*Strawberries, as part of a 5 A Day fruit & vegetable programme, can help reduce the risk of cancer and heart attacks.

*In medieval times, strawberries were served at important functions to bring peace and prosperity.

*Folklore states that if you split a double strawberry in half and share it with the person who is the object of your affection then you’ll soon fall in love.

*In one survey 53 % of seven to nine-year-olds picked strawberries as their favourite fruit.

*Eating strawberries, which are rich in nitrate, can increase the flow of blood and oxygen to the muscles by 7%.  This prevents muscle fatigue and makes exercise easier.

So ensuring that our strawberries are in pristine condition for you all to enjoy, is a rather time consuming process. A bit like getting ready for a day out with the kids!

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