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Member Name: Whizz11
Advantages: Lovely taste
I absolutely love strawberries, they are my favourite fruit and I love to enjoy them in many different ways. Years ago, when I was 2 (yes, this is one of those old family stories that is told at every reunion) I went to a luncheon with my mum and about 10 other women in my family. They all gave me their strawberries because I was little and cute and they knew I liked them and it was only later than someone found out that they had actually been soaked in vodka, no wonder I was so full of energy that afternoon!!
According to an article I read, "Fragaria × ananassa, commonly known as strawberry or garden strawberry, is a hybrid species that is cultivated worldwide for its fruit. The fruit (which is not a botanical berry, but an aggregate accessory fruit) is widely appreciated for its characteristic aroma, bright red color, juicy texture, and sweetness. It is consumed in large quantities, either fresh or in prepared foods such as preserves, fruit juice, pies, ice creams, milkshakes, and chocolates. Artificial strawberry aroma is also widely used in many industrialized food products. The garden strawberry was first bred in Brittany, France, in the 1750s via a cross of Fragaria virginiana from eastern North America and Fragaria chiloensis, which was brought from Chile by Amédée-François Frézier in 1714."
Strawberries are actually a very easy fruit to grow and one I have grown in my garden for a few years now although I probably don't do it properly and could grow them a lot better. This year I have just one plant which is really my three year old daughter plant and we are having fun watching it grow. She is marvelling in the fact that the strawberries start out as little flowers then turn from green to red and then we can pick them when they are ready.
All you really need to do is put the strawberry plant in some soil and make sure it gets lots of water and not too much sun and it will really grow. They flower in June to July so we had to wait a few weeks as I think we bought this plant back in April/May time. I have mine in a small pot but it's really better to get a proper strawberry planter with lots of different holes in it and I would also recommend that you keep the plant up from the ground as the slugs really like this fruit. Sometimes I see a slime trail on my strawberries if it gets too near to the ground and lots of little bites which is rather annoying.
Strawberries can be enjoyed in so many different ways. They are perfect just on their own in a fruit salad or with some cream during Wimbledon. I love to put one in my glass of champagne for me and my friends when I am entertaining as not only does it look good but it also brings out the flavour of the champagne too which is lovely. They are also great for cooking with and I love to put them in a crumble with some apples and raspberries.
All in all a beautiful fruit that I love to eat.