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Strawberry facts
Strawberries were cultivated by the Romans as early as 200 BC. In medieval times they 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.

In the 16th Century strawberries were sold in cone-shaped straw baskets thus becoming one of the earliest packaged foods. Dr. William Butler originated the famous quotation ‘Doubtless God could have made a better berry, but doubtless God never did’.

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Growing
The British season can begin anywhere from the end of April to mid-May, and usually continues until the weather cools in October. The most well-known strawberry varieties are Elsanta and Sonata, which have excellent flavour, shelf-life and quality. Other varieties include Sweet Eve, Driscoll's Jubilee, Ava and Red Glory.

In the British winter, imported strawberries come from Spain, Morocco, Egypt and Israel.

 Country of Origin & Seasonal Summary

Country
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
UK
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
Spain
x
x
x
x
x
Morocco
x
x
x
x
x
Egypt
x
x
x
x
x
Israel
x
x
x
x

Nutrition

   Strawberries 80g
Calories (kcal 22
Fat (g) 0.1
Saturates (g) 0
Total sugars (g) 4.8
Salt (g) 0
Fibre (g) 0.9
Folate (mcg) 16 (8% RDA)
Vitamin C (mg) 62 (77% RDA)
Vitamin E (mg) 0.16 (1% RDA)
Manganese (mg) 0.24 (12%)
 
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