Happy National Strawberry Day!

Usually when people think of Florida they think of citrus, which is a fair assessment since oranges are the state’s fruit. While citrus is a large contributor to Florida’s economy so are strawberries! Check out these fast facts about Florida’s winter strawberries:

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A strawberry field in Plant City, Florida. 
  • Florida strawberries are actually grown in the winter, and are in season right now until about April.
  • The Winter Strawberry Capital of the World, Plant City, is in central Florida.
  • Plant City is the primary location where most winter strawberries are produced in the U.S.
  • Approximately 8,000 acres of strawberries are grown in Florida – that’s about 6 to 7,000 football fields.
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Plant City, Florida, is highlighted in red. Map from Google Maps. 
  • Strawberries are extremely easy to take with you on the go – wash and eat. That’s all.

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    It was a little hot and sunny when this selfie was taken, but isn’t this the cutest toboggan ever?
  • Strawberries do not continue to ripen after they are picked so they have to be picked when they are ripe.
  • Strawberries are the only fruit with seeds on the outside.
  • If you’re looking for fiber, potassium, vitamin C and antioxidants, grab a few strawberries!
  • Strawberries are considered to be America’s favorite fruit between children and adults.
  • Strawberry Shortcake dates back to the American Colonists days and still are popular today! (I just ate one on Saturday evening!)
  • Florida even has a festival dedicated to strawberries coming up March 2-12, 2017.

 

BE sure to enjoy some fresh fruit even in the winter time by stopping at the grocery store to pick up some Florida Strawberries! You can get the “sweetest, reddest, and juiciest” start to your week by celebrating National Strawberry Day today!

For more information and recipe ideas from Strawberry Sue, check out the Florida Strawberry Growers Association.

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