February 27, 2024

It’s National Strawberry Day! Here’s why we love this berry…

Mary Apel

It’s National Strawberry Day, and while there are dozens of ways to celebrate, let’s take a minute to learn a bit about this beloved fruit.

The history of strawberries traces back to ancient Rome, where they were considered a symbol of love and prosperity. Native to North America, strawberries were grown and eaten by indigenous tribes long before European settlers arrived. Today, they are a staple in Southern cuisine and agriculture.

Healthwise, strawberries are a nutritional powerhouse, packed with vitamin C, fiber, antioxidants, and other essential nutrients. Studies suggest that they may help lower the risk of heart disease, improve blood sugar levels, and promote healthy skin.

In this part of the world strawberries thrive due to the warm climate and fertile soil. They are typically grown in raised beds or containers to ensure proper drainage and prevent diseases. Farmers often use drip irrigation systems to maintain optimal moisture levels for the plants.

The economic impact of strawberries in the United States is significant, with the industry generating billions of dollars annually. In Mississippi, where strawberry season usually starts in late March, strawberry farming contributes a great deal to the state’s agricultural economy, providing jobs and revenue for local communities.

Most importantly to us, however, are the many ways strawberries can be eaten! Check out Southern Living’s fabulous collection of recipes here.https://www.southernliving.com/food/entertaining/strawberry-recipes

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