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July 2001

“Doubtless God could have made a better berry, but doubtless God never did."

                        Dr. William Butler, 17th Century English Writer



The strawberry is a member of the rose family and is unique in that it is the only fruit with seeds on the outside rather than the inside.  They are also a very healthy fruit, being rich in vitamin C and a good source of folic acid as well as being high in fibre.




Origin and History of Strawberries


Strawberries were cultivated by the Romans as early as 200 BC and in mediaeval times strawberries were regarded as an aphrodisiac and a soup made of strawberries, borage and soured cream was traditionally served to newly-weds at their wedding breakfast.


Native American Indians were already eating strawberries when the Colonists arrived and it is believed that in 1780, the first strawberry hybrid was developed in the USA.


Strawberry Recipes


Most of us think of strawberries as a dessert ingredient, however amongst the many strawberry recipes on this site, there are a few “savoury” ones. Do try them out and let us know what you thought.

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