The very taste and smell of strawberries conjures up a sunny English summer.
So for a bit of fun here are some facts about strawberries.
- Strawberries and cream were served at Wimbledon during the first tournament in 1877.
- Over the Wimbledon fortnight 28,000kg of strawberries are eaten with over 10,000 litres of fresh cream!
- The earliest mention of strawberries was in Roman times around 200BC, though as our strawberries come from large American cultivars, it’s unlikely the were the same as we eat now.
- In medieval Britain newlyweds enjoyed strawberries, borage and soured cream for their wedding breakfast believing them to be an aphrodisiac.
- Strawberries do have health benefits. They are an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin K and manganese, as well as folic acid, potassium, riboflavin, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, copper, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids. Maybe your Pimms could be one of your 5 a day?
- Strawberries contain significant levels of phytonutrients and antioxidants which help to fight free radicals and have anti-inflammatory properties.
- Strawberries aren’t true berries. Technically, a berry has its seeds on the inside.
- Which ever variety you go for remember to take them out of the fridge a while before serving to give them chance to get to room temperature and for their flavour to develop.
- Don’t rinse cut strawberries under water until you’re ready to eat them—it speeds up spoiling.
- There is a museum in Belgium dedicated to strawberries!