Today is National Strawberry Day! To celebrate, we’ve uncovered 5 interesting facts about this popular fruit from an article in The Oxford Companion to Food:
- The strawberry is a
symbol of the Virgin Mary.
- The English word
‘strawberry’ is due to the ‘straying’ erratic habit of the plant.
- In France and Italy
a common accompaniment to strawberries is red wine.
- The strawberry is technically known as a ‘false’ or ‘accessory fruit’ because its seeds are
the true fruits of the plant. The fleshy
‘berry’ to which they are attached is an enlarged, softened receptacle.
- The strawberry’s cluster of dry fruit seeds is described as an ‘etaerio of achenes’.
Image: Strawberry tart, by Hiroyuki Takeda. CC-BY-ND-2.0 via Flickr.