Strawberries - Summer’s Perfect Fruit
We are so lucky to have access to fresh strawberries almost year round here in California, but April through June are known as the prime months to get the best tasting strawberries here in Southern California, so it is now officially strawberry season! Did you know…
Strawberries are the only fruit that have their seeds on the outside, which makes them not actually a berry - and some people argue that they’re not even a fruit! In fact these little seeds you see on the outside are technically individual fruits that have a seed inside them. And as if this weren’t already confusing enough, most strawberries are not even grown from seeds!
Strawberries are usually the first fruits to ripen in Spring. They tend to ripen in 30 days when daytime temperatures are between 70 and 80 degrees, and nighttime temperatures stay between 60 and 67 degrees.
Strawberries are high in vitamins C, B6, K, fiber, folic acid, potassium, and amino acids - plus are low in calories. They’re a rich source of antioxidants, support the immune system, and may even have a positive effect on blood sugar regulation.
Strawberries are part of the rose family (they smell as sweet as they taste!)
Though strawberry crops exist in all U.S. states, California produces more than 75% of the strawberries we consume. an amazing over one billion pounds each year. If all the strawberries grown in California in one year were laid side by side, they would circle the globe almost 15 times!
This fascination fruit is so easy and delicious to integrate onto any menu - so be sure to ask your event specialist for some suggestions!