The Ecology of Humans (50-16) Strawberry


Different species of strawberry are indigenous to both the Old World and New. The familiar garden strawberry is a cross between a small tasty berry from eastern North America and a larger, less flavorful berry native to Chile. This mating took place in mid-18th century France.

Strawberries are unusual in that the apparent seeds, which are actually ovaries, are on the outside of the fruit, and the flesh is part of the flower.

Another oddity is the name. What the “straw” in strawberry supposedly means has been lost.

Strawberries are stuffed with vitamin C, B9, manganese, dietary fiber, and phytonutrients. Strawberries are good for the cardiovascular system and have anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties.