Strawberries are the first fruit of spring. Everyone looks forward to growing
and eating sweet and delicious berries and the wide variety of uses. If you
have kids, get them to help with the planting and weeding. They will definitely
take part in the picking and eating. If you are not watchful, they just might
pick and eat the entire crop, right there in your garden! Oh, watch out for
those big "kids" too, because everybody loves fresh strawberries.
Strawberry plants are an easy to grow perennial. They are one of the most
common fruits in the home garden for both their ease of growth and popularity
at the table...if they get that far. There are recipes and uses galore from
fruits to jams and jellies, drinks, baking recipes and more. Not only do
they taste good, they are good for you, packed with lots of vitamins and
minerals. In addition, they have had medicinal uses over the years.
Did you Know? Michael Kent produced and displayed the first cultivated
strawberry in 1806. Prior to that, strawberries were grown and picked in
Strawberry Sundae Day on July 7th.
There are two major varieties of Strawberries. The first and most popular
is June Bearing. It gets it's names as these big and luscious fruit are harvested
in June in most areas. They are the largest variety and to many, the sweetest.
Producing a big and bountiful harvest, they are popular with people who want
to make jams, jellies and for freezing. Strawberry festivals are centered
around the harvest of the June bearing crop.
Everbearing Strawberries are the second major variety. These usually smaller
berries will produce all season long. The harvest is usually smaller. If
you want to have them all season long, fresh from the garden, grow a small
row of this variety.
A third, and far less common variety is day neutral.
Did you Know? Strawberries are the only fruit that has seeds grow
on the outside.
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