Scientific Name:  Fragaria Ananassa
Season:  May - June

Storage Tips:  For best flavor, do not wash the strawberries until you are ready to eat or use them. Moisture is the enemy when it comes to storing strawberries. Store fresh strawberries in a colander in the refrigerator. This allows the cold air to circulate around them. Do not cover them. Prepare strawberries for serving by rinsing with caps still attached under a gentle spray of cool water; pat dry with a paper towel. Wash the berries just before you plan to use them.

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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. In fact, there are about 200 seeds on the average strawberry.  Many medicinal uses were claimed for the wild strawberry, its leaves and root.  It has many antioxidants!   Eight strawberries will provide 140 percent of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C for kids.

Strawberries are the result of selective breeding which started around 1714 when a French naval officer found a large flowering strawberry plant in Chile. Strawberries were then sent to a French horticultural centre where, by chance, the Chilean strawberry crossed with a North American species. The result was the development of the pineapple strawberry from which we modern, large-fruited strawberries can be traced.