Stawberry Facts

Overview

Popular all over the world, vitamin-packed strawberries are members of the Rosaceae family. Strawberries grow in every state in the United States, but California and Florida produce the majority of the commercial crop.

Description

Although they vary in size and sweetness, strawberries are recognized by their red flesh, external seeds and green caps.

Types

There are three types of strawberry plants: day neutral, everbearing and June bearing. Each type bears fruit at different times.

Nutrition

Strawberries have more vitamin C per ounce than citrus fruits. They also contain fiber and beneficial antioxidants.

Seasonal Availability

In the United States, strawberries are available all year, but the peak season is April through July.

Concerns

According to the Environmental Working Group, commercially grown strawberries carry a high pesticide load. They recommend purchasing organic strawberries whenever possible.

References

  • Environmental Working Group: Shopper's Guide to Pesticides
  • Oregon State University: Berry Facts
  • LSU Ag Center: Strawberries Are Cancer Insurance

Who Can Help

  • The World's Healthiest Foods: Strawberry
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Moira Clune is a freelance writer who since 1991 has been writing sales and promotional materials for her own and other small businesses. In addition, she has published articles on VetInfo and various other websites. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Hartwick College.