THE HISTORY OF STRAWBERRIES

I found a pretty detailed history of Strawberries at The Kitchen Project (a pretty cool place to go for information and inspiration — not raw, but the info there can get you thinking). If you go to the Kitchen Project, you can join their mailing list and get all sorts of interesting info about food.  If you are a foodie, or if you are just curious, you will probably enjoy it (or else it might help you do better at trivia games)

what is the history of Strawberries?

Strawberries have been around since early Roman times in Italy in the 200’s BC.

Wild strawberries were around in the United states when the first colonists arrived. The Native Americans made a bread from strawberries mixed with corn meal. Strawberries were so abundant that one wrote ” You can’t put your foot down without stepping on one”.

Strawberry plants were not always big berries. Certain strawberry plants have been cross bred to create the large berries that we see today.

The origin of the name strawberry is a bit uncertain. Here some of the popular beliefs

The name may have been derived from the Anglo-Saxon verb to strew (spread) because strawberries spread out when they grow, and the fruit came to be known first as streabergen.

Berries on a straw?

Children use to thread the strawberries as they gathered them on a dried straw of wheat. They would even sell these on the roadside. perhaps strawberries got their name from this practice.

If you saw a farmer’s strawberry patch you would likely see straw mulched around all the berry plants. This is another possible way strawberries could have got their name.

Many thanks to The Kitchen Project for this article

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