Everybody knows strawberries taste fantastic. Next, know where to get the best tasting, sun ripened, farm fresh strawberries possible. Straight from the farm of course
What: STRAWBERRIES farm fresh, sun ripened, and locally grown
When: Everyday through strawberry season 8AM till 7PM
How: Sold at the farm, pick your own $2.19 per pound or buy ready picked $5.50 per quart
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Strawberries are a member of the Rose family. Strawberries are unique in that they have seeds on the outside. All other berries (blueberry, raspberry) have seeds on the inside. The modern strawberry is a criss-crossed hybrid of native wild strawberries (F. virginiana) from Eastern North America, (F. ovalis) the Rocky Mountain strawberry and the South American Chilian strawberry (F. chiloensis).
Strawberries have been growing wild for thousands years and are native to every continent except Africa and Austrailia. Today their are over 200 varieties of strawberries cultivated around the world. “Strawberry” may well be the favorite flavor of the US, chocolate is the only other flavor that comes even close.
Royalty and scholars through the centuries have praised stawberries as one of the finest gifts of God. Romans thought strawberries to have therapeutic powers and later the French claimed strawberries to have aphrodisiac powers. Very nutritious, strawberries are higher in vitamin C than oranges. Today scientists know strawberries contain a phenolic compound called ellagic acid that is known to have anticarcinogenic activity. The latest claim to fame for strawberries is that they are a rich source of phytonutients. Go ahead, enjoy, indulge, Strawberries are one of the few foods that taste so good and are so good for you.
Strawberries are indiginous to both the nothern and southern hemispheres. They have been found growing by the seaside, in the woods, and on mountain tops. The strawberry was first found in the writings as early as 1000AD and the first sketch of a strawberry plant was printed in 1484. Cato, a Roman Senator made the first mention of strawberries sometime between 234-149 BC. The first descriptions published were mostly for the medicinal uses of the plant and not for the benefits of the attractive fruit as a tasty treat.
Strawberries were first sold in a London marketplace around 1831. They were most likely harvested from wild strawberries in nearby fields or woodlands and not from "commercial" production areas. In England and Europe the consumption of strawberries became increasingly more popular, many peasants as well as aristocrats would have a patch in their home gardens. France, though, became the the front runner in strawberry production.
The word Strawberry is in itself, unique to the English language. The name has a variety of posssible origins. Straw was commonly used to mulch the plants during the winter and to keep the berries cleaner. In London children used to pick the berries, hang them on pieces of straw then sell them in the street markets as "Straws of Berries". The runners which the plants produce are said to be strewn or dispersed around the plant. In some literature the fruit is called strewberry. In Latin the fruit is referred to as "Fragra" or Fragrant. Charles Linneaus gave strawberry the scientific species name of Fragaria. In French, Italian, and Spanish the fruit is refered to as a "Fraise" or fragrant berry. In North America The Narragansett Indians called the fruit "wuttahimneash" or "heart berry".
French explorer Cartier brought strawberries to France from the Quebec Province of Canada in 1534. Englands explorer, Hariot, brought back strawberry plant specemins from Virginia to London. Other strawberry plants were brought to Europe from the South American Andes mountain region where they had been cultivated and marketed long before the Spanish arrived. The strawberry plants found native in the Americas, were superior to all European varieties in size, flavor, and beauty. The gardens at Versailles France were among the first to seriously work at improved production of strawberries. In the 18th Century one of the first breeding crosses was made to improve the strawberry. A Virginia variety was crossed with a Chilean variety which lent the resultant offspring both size and firmness. This variety, the first hybrid, became known as the Pineapple or Pine strawberry due to its distinctive flavor.
The strawberry, a member of the rose family, is unique in that it is the only fruit with seeds on the outside rather than the inside. Many medicinal uses were claimed for the wild strawberry, its leaves and root.
The ancient Romans believed that the berries alleviated symptoms of melancholy, fainting, all inflammations, fevers, throat infections, kidney stones, halitosis, attacks of gout, and diseases of the blood, liver and spleen.
"Nutriceutical" is one of the latest words to describe the many healthful compounds being identified in fruits and vegetables in recent years. This is how todays scientists are merely repeating in "scientific notation" what the scholars and learned men of the past few thousand years knew all along. Interesting how history repeats itself. Is this really new information, or just a new understanding of ancient wisdom.
The Romans prized wild strawberries for their medicinal properties. Ounce for ounce, strawberries have more Vitamin C than citrus fruit. According to the American Cancer Society, foods rich in Vitamin C may lower the risk of cancers of the gastrointestinal tract.
A strawberry is a superstar when it comes to anti-oxidant power, according to Dr. Barry Sears in his book The Top 100 Zone Foods. In addition, 1 cup of strawberries gives you a whopping 140 percent of your recommended daily allowance of vitamin C. Strawberries are also packed with flavonoids, two in particular, called quercetin and kaempferol. Research shows that these two flavonoids help keep “bad” (LDL) cholesterol from oxidizing and damaging artery walls.
Strawberries also contain ellargic acid — also found in raspberries, blackberries, cranberries, grapes, cherries, walnuts, pecans and Brazil nuts — which acts as a scavenger to “bind” cancer-causing chemicals, making them inactive. It inhibits the ability of other chemicals to cause mutations in bacteria. In addition, it prevents binding of carcinogens to DNA and reduces the incidence of cancer in cultured human cells exposed to carcinogens.
1 1/2 pounds = 1 quart = 2 pints (aproximate, affected by berry size and moisure content)
1 small basket = 1 pint
1 pint = 3 1/4 cups whole berries
1 pint = 2 1/4 cups sliced berries
1 pint - 1 2/3 cup pureed berries
1 cup = about 4 ounces
We have tried many techniques over the years, whole strawberries, sliced, crushed, mashed with and without sugar. This is the easieast, best tasting method and gives long storage.