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Fun facts about strawberries you need to know

Strawberries are one of the most popular fruits in the Netherlands. We totally get that. The sweet taste is amazing and it comes with a lot of health benefits. But did you know that strawberries are not really berries? Or that the average strawberry has 200 seeds? In this blog we dive into the wonderful world of the strawberry and we share fun facts about these bright-red summer fruits.

 

(Outstanding) seeds
You might want to sit down for this. Did you know that strawberries are not really berries? Technically berries have seeds on the inside and they don’t come from a single ovary. If strawberries aren’t true berries, then what are they exactly? Strawberries are actually considered “aggregate fruits”: fruits that develop from multiple ovaries of a single fruit.

 

Packed with superpowers
Not only is the strawberry deliciously sweet; it’s also rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. One serving of strawberries (100 grams) contains only 36 calories and provides a good amount of vitamin A, B1, B2, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium and iron. In addition, fresh strawberries are a good source of vitamin C (approximately 64 mg per 100 grams). More than you think: 8 strawberries contain more vitamin C than 1 orange. Vitamin C contributes to healthy bones, teeth and blood vessels.

 

Skip your beauty cream
Due to the high amount of vitamin c, strawberries contribute to healthier and younger-looking skin. Vitamin C is essential for the production of collagen, that improves the elasticity and resilience of the skin.

 

Whitens your teeth
Some experts claim that your teeth will whiten by eating strawberries. How? The acid “malic acid” in strawberries is said to remove the stains on your teeth. Small side note: While the fruit may temporarily whiten your teeth (a little), you should pay attention and you should be careful. The acids can make your tooth enamel softer and porous, which can damage your teeth in the long run.

 

Plant or fruit?
Did you know that strawberries were already growing 3000-800 BC? From the 14th century, wild strawberry plants were planted in gardens, mainly as an ornamental plant. The strawberry as we know it is only 200 years old.

 

Grow your own!
Do you love spending time in your garden? Plant a strawberry plant! Start sowing in February. Choose a nice sunny location and with a bit of luck you can enjoy your strawberries in July! Wash the strawberries with their crowns still attached. If you remove the crowns, the strawberry absorbs water and the taste decreases.

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