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What’s so great about the strawberry?

Living in Troy also means gearing up for Troy’s Annual Strawberry Festival every first weekend in June. Yes, we get the Strawberry painted on our driveway. And, you can find little Strawberry trinkets family and friends have given us over the years throughout our home. Have you gone?

One fun tradition at this time of year is picking strawberries at Fulton Farms.  I bring the kids with me and pick- every year it gets easier! We also started growing our own strawberries last year.  It is fun watching the bloom transform to a green berry and eventually, ripen to the bright red one we enjoy eating!

Did you know?

  • Over 53 percent of seven to nine year olds picked strawberries as their favorite fruit.
  • One cup of strawberries is only 55 calories.
  • On average, there are 200 seeds in a strawberry.
  • California produces 75 percent of the nation’s strawberry crops. According to the California Strawberry Advisory Board, California strawberries are available January through November, with peak quality and supply from March to May.
  • Americans eat 3.4 pounds of fresh strawberries each year plus another 1.8 pounds frozen per capita. Although strawberries are available in many forms—frozen, jam and jelly, and ice cream— nothing compares to the taste of a fresh vine ripened strawberry.

 

Strawberries are delicate, requiring gentle handling to prevent bruising. With today’s shipping technology, strawberries are available year round, but at a cost. Commercial growers have produced resilient hybrid berries known for their shipping quality

(Obtained from University of Illinois Extension Strawberries & More)

If you find yourself able to pick berries this year, try making homemade strawberry jam.  We enjoy knowing our freezer is stocked full and it makes for a great present.  (This year we plan to cut back even more on the added sugar.)

Maybe we will see you this year at the Troy Strawberry Festival?

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