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15 Luscious Facts About Strawberries

Strawberry is a multi-fruit that is made up of many small individual fruits that are all encased in a fleshy receptacle. The brownish or whitish specks that are commonly mistaken for seeds are the true fruits, known as achenes, which each contain a tiny seed.

  1. On average, a single strawberry has about 200 seeds on its external membrane.
  2. The scientific name of strawberries is Fragaria × ananassa.
  3. Eating eight strawberries will provide you with more Vitamin C than eating an orange.
  4. As of 2018, United States is the biggest producer of strawberries in the world, with a production of 1.43 million tons.
  5. California is the largest producer of strawberries in the U.S. because it has the appropriate weather conditions to grow strawberries. Over 75 percent of the total strawberry harvest is done in California.
  6. Strawberry is not a berry in actuality, and Botanists call it as a “false fruit,” a pseudocarp. To be more clear, the fleshy part we eat in strawberry, in reality, is the stem of the plant.
  7. Strawberries are part of the Rose family. The other fruits in the rose family are apples, pears, avocadoes, cherries, etc.
  8. The countries with the highest consumption of strawberries in the year 2018 were China (41%), the U.S. (16%), Egypt (5%), Turkey (4%), Mexico (4%), and Germany (3%). Together it comprises 73% of the total world production.
  9. One acre of land, if properly utilized, can produce about 8 tonnes of strawberries.
  10. The fruit is grown almost in every province of Canada and the United States.
  11. There is a museum in Belgium that is dedicated to strawberries. There you could get jam and even a beer made from strawberries.
  12. The fruit has various health benefits. It boosts your immunity, maintains healthy vision, prevents certain cancer, helps in skin wrinkles, lowers your cholesterol, regulates blood pressure, aids in weight management.
  13. Strawberries are among the top 20 fruits that are rich in antioxidants. They are also a good source of manganese and potassium.
  14. 27 February is celebrated as strawberry day in the United States.
  15. There are over 103 species of strawberries grown worldwide.

Nutrition Facts of Strawberries

Here are the nutritional profile of one cup of sliced, fresh strawberries, or 166 g.

  • Calories: 53 kcal
  • Protein: 1.11 g
  • Carbohydrates: 12.75g
  • Dietary fiber: 3.30g
  • Calcium: 27 mg
  • Iron: 0.68 mg
  • Magnesium: 22 mg
  • Phosphorus: 40 mg
  • Potassium: 254 mg
  • Vitamin C: 97.60 mg
  • Folate: 40 micrograms (mcg)
  • Vitamin A: 28 international units (IU)


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